from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various often brightly colored, predatory insects having a long slender body and elongated wings that fold together when the insect is at rest. Also called demoiselle, devil's darning needle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various insects of the suborder Zygoptera that have long slender bodies, and are similar to dragonflies but having wings folded when at rest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a slender nonstinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dragon-fly or devil's darning-needle: so called after the French name of these insects, demoiselle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. slender non-stinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest
Phyllis, thanks for "damselfly" - this may come in handy!
Will hope to use it, too, along with Phyllis '"damselfly".
Will hope to use it, too, along with Phyllis' "damselfly".
One warm day last summer we sat beside our small pond and watched as damselfly nymphs made the final transformation into winged insects.
Protruding from her open mouth are the head and thorax of a damselfly nymph.
The short antennae above the half-hemisphere eyes of the damselfly nymph are still, but the legs bunched along its thorax are waving slowly.
Ten different dragonflies were recorded, and successful photographs were taken of the rare emerald and the tiny but attractive blue-tailed damselfly.
Is the French word for dragonfly and damselfly the same?
The dragon- vs. damselfly wing thing reminds me of moths vs. butterflies...
Use a strip-and-pause retrieve with a floating line and a damselfly nymph, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Prince nymph, or leech pattern.