Dragonflies are large insects, characterised by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body.
They typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects like flies, bees, ants and butterflies.
Dragonflies are usually found around water and the females lay eggs in or near water, often on floating plants.
Adult dragonflies do not bite or sting humans, however the young are capable of delivering a painful bite.
Dragonflies are similar to damselflies. The wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest while most damselflies hold their wings at rest together above the body or held slightly open above. The eyes on a damselfly are apart whereas in most dragonflies the eyes touch.
Historically, dragonflies have often been seen as sinister in Europe but in Asian countries they have been considered as symbols of courage, strength, and happiness. They also have traditional uses in medicine or as a food source.
Images of dragonflies have been used artistically, in jewellery or as a decorative motif.