Odonata Insect Fossils - Dragonfly & Damselfly

Insect Fossils


Odonata Fossil Insects - Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Insect Fossils
Of related interest:
Fossil Amber (Resin)


Insect Order Odonata comprise the Dragonflies (suborder anisotera) and damselflies (suborder zygoptera), and like cockroaches is one of the oldest types of insects. They appeared in the Devonian during the Paleozoic, a time when their distant cousins, the trilobites, were still abundant. This ancient, fixed-wing design apparently is a good one, given that there are some 5500 extant species known of Odonata.