Dragonfly Anatomy

Dragonfly Anatomy

Below is the external anatomy of an adult Dragonfly.

External Anatomy Of A Dragonfly

Below is the external anatomy of a Dragonfly Larvae

External anatomy of a Dragonfly Larvae

  • abdomen – The segmented tail-like section of the body.

  • antennae – A pair of sensory organs on top of the head.

  • cercus – The outer pair of anal appendages on anisopteran larvae.

  • costa – Major vein running along the leading edge of the wings.

  • epiproct – The middle anal appendage on anisopteran larvae.

  • femur – The first segment of the leg.

  • frons – The most prominent part of the face in anisopteran dragonflies.

  • lateral spine – Spine on the side of anisopteran larvae.

  • pterostigma – A coloured, chitinous patch on the outer region of each wing.

  • tarsus – The three segments and a claw on the end of the leg.

  • thorax – The segment of the body between the head and the abdomen.

  • tibia – The second section of the leg.

  • wing node – A notch halfway along the leading edge of the wing.

  • wing sheath – A protective case for the wings.