A number of dragonflies and damselflies are associated with acidic water in both ponds and bogs and given the amount of acid heath in Dorset it is not surprising that this is a particularly good county for them. Together dragonflies and damselflies make up the scientific order of odonata; they have characteristics in common but are easily separated when seen in the wild. The larvae of odonata live in water so if you want to see dragonflies and damselflies you need to be look around ponds, lakes, ditches and rivers.
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