order Odonata

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Noun1.order Odonata - dragonflies and damselfliesorder Odonata - dragonflies and damselflies    
animal order - the order of animals
class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta - insects; about five-sixths of all known animal species
odonate - large primitive predatory aquatic insect having two pairs of membranous wings
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Among the insects, the order Odonata, popularly known as dragonflies, is a group with low number of species, compared with other groups of insects (Buzzi, 2013), characterized by present aquatic nymphs and terrestrial flying adults (Corbet, 1980).
CUTE DAMSEL | Damselflies are insects |in the order Odonata.
The genus Cloeon was the only representative of the mayfly families that occurred on a regular basis and the damselfly Ceragrion, also a member of the order Odonata, was often present as well.
The order Odonata is tailor-made for systematic studies, for there is an extensive array of useful characters present in both adult and larval stages.
Both have large multifaceted eyes and belong to the order Odonata (hence the name "odonates"), but there is an obvious difference in the way they hold their wings at rest: dragonflies hold their wings open fiat horizontally, perpendicular to their bodies (see photo above), whereas damselflies hold their wings over their backs, either closed (see photo below) or in a v-shape.
Coenagrionidae is a cosmopolitan family and the largest in the order Odonata with about 1100 described species.
Dragonflies, and their smaller cousins, the damsel flies, are members of the insect order Odonata.