How fast can a damselfly run?

Damselfly and dragonfly are almost the same creatures with a minor difference. Damselfly nymphs are carnivorous and rely on meat for their survival. They are aquatic and sluggish as well. Their body is slender, small and has three tails of leaf-shaped. The nymphs are excellent swimmers. Contrary to them, dragonfly nymphs have a fatter body. The only difference in dragonfly and damselfly is the shape of their wings.

The wings of a damselfly narrow down to the end attached to their body. Their wings are slim and tender. Contrary to it, the wings of the dragonfly are wide to the end attached to the body. The slim and thin wings of the damselfly help them fly faster, but there isn’t any big difference in their flight. The average flight speed of a damselfly is 1.5 meters per second, or we can say 16 wing beats per second.

The flight speed may increase from 15 meters per second if they chase anyone or play in the wind. The flight behavior may be affected by multiple factors (external or internal). One of the main external factors is the wind. If the damselfly is flying in the direction of the wind, their speed increases automatically. They fly faster than average. When we look at the opposite side, the speed may reduce if they fly against the wind's direction.

How fast can a damselfly run?

If they are searching for prey, they fly silently without making any noise of their slender wings. Once they aim their prey, they fly with the fastest possible speed and grab their prey.

Damselfly has move-able teeth in its mouth. These teeth help them to grab their prey. Most of the time, they wander around the bottom of ponds and streams searching for their prey.

Damselfly undergoes molting at the time of dawn or dusk. At the stage of a nymph, they may molt 10 to 15 times. Damselfly becomes mature after five years. The nymph gets out of the water when it is about to molt into an adult.

The overall body of the damselfly is slender and delicate. Their wings are delicate enough to be broken with the wind. When compared to a dragonfly, their flight is weaker. Because of their delicate body and wings, they cannot fly faster than the dragonfly. Dragonfly has a thick body and wide wings for better support and faster flight. The main advantage of having a slender body is to hide from predators. They can hide anywhere by just taking care of their wings.

If any damage occurs to their wings, they will not fly like before ever. Despite all the above facts, they are still strong flyers and prey to mosquitoes, small flies, and black flies. They can easily catch them on their wing. The overall lifespan of an adult damselfly is 2 to 3 weeks, but it may rarely prolong up to 2 months.

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