General Description

Body cylindrical and narrow, with three leaf-like gills at the end of the abdomen. Up to 3 cm long.


Damselfly nymphs are carnivores and prey on a variety of small invertebrates. They undergo incomplete metamorphosis; the nymphs look like adult damselflies but have gills and no wings. The gills of a damselfly nymph are three large leaf-like structures on the end of the body. There are many families of damselfly around the world and across Australia.


Worldwide. Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Still water, usually among aquatic vegetation.

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