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Damselfly Sexual Differences

Most species are "sexually dimorphic" meaning the sexes differ considerably in appearance.  In these the juvenile males often resemble the females.  But many have only subtle differences between the sexes.


  • In general the males tend to be more brightly colored than the females
  • No ovipositor or bump under segments 8 & 9
  • Has 4 terminal appendages, two dorsal and two ventral


  • Generally females are stockier than males
  • Have a wider abdomen with  only 2 terminal appendages
  • Have an ovipositor or bump under segments 8 & 9
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