As is my usual way, when given a word by the Weekly Photo Challenge, I think about how it could be applied in my world of nature and small things.

While pondering the word, I thought about the biological definition of an order:

Definition (1) (taxonomy) A taxonomic rank used in classifying organisms, generally below the class, and comprised of families sharing a set of similar nature or character

Above the order, you have the class, for example Insecta – this is the group of all insects. Then within that class things are divided up into orders.

My favourite Order is Odonata.

Within this order are 2 sub-orders: Zygoptera and Anisoptera.

Enough Latin? Ok, if the photo has not already given it away, let’s translate…

Zygoptera = Dragonflies and Anisoptera = Damselflies … 2 of my favourite types of creature 🙂

Enough words? Ok, more photos of a variety of Dragons and Damsels …

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula – male
Black Darter Dragonfly, Sympetrum danae (male)
Black Darter Dragonfly, Sympetrum danae (female)
Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella (male)
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo (male)
Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Cordulegaster boltonii (male)
Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans (male)
Common Darter Dragonfly, Sympetrum striolatum (immature male)
Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly, Libellula depressa (male)
Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum (male)
Southern Hawker Dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea (female)
Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, Aeshna mixta (female)
Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata (female)
Emerald Damselfly, Lestes sponsa (male)

If you have a bit of an Odonata addiction like me, there are many more Dragonflies and Damselflies on my Flickr pages.

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


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