Visual Key: Damselfly or Dragonfly?

Is your specimen a Damselfly (Zygoptera) or Dragonfly (Anisoptera)?

The technical difference is actually fore-wing shape compared to hind-wing shape; are they similar or dissimilar?

Damselfly: both wings similarly shaped.

Dragonfly: hind-wing broader than fore-wing

A more visually obvious distinction from some angles, though, may be the head shape.

Which head shape does your specimen have?

Damselfly: dumbbell shaped head, eyes at sides

Dragonfly: spherical head, wrap-around eyes

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