The following is a list of definitions of the technical terms used in the illustrations and text. We have tried to keep the use of technical terms to a minimum, for a more detailed account of anatomical terms see Askew (1988).
|The segmented tail-like section of the body.
|The appendages on the posterior end of the abdomen,
also known as 'claspers'. There are superior (upper) and inferior (lower)
appendages. In male Dragonflies they are used to clasp the female around the
head (dragonflies) or the pronotum (damselflies) during mating and when in
|Stripes along the dorsal surface of the
|A pair of sensory organs on top of the head.
|caudal gills or caudal lamellae
|Leaf-like appendages of zygopteran larvae used for respiration.
|cercus (s.), cerci (pl.)
|The outer pair of anal appendages on anisopteran larvae.
|Major vein running along the leading edge of the wings.
|The middle anal appendage on anisopteran larvae.
|The first segment of the leg.
|The most prominent part of the face in anisopteran dragonflies.
|The lower lip of the dragonfly's mouthparts; in the larva this is held under the head but can rapidly shoot forwards to catch prey.
|Spine on the side of anisopteran larvae.
|Central lobe on hind margin of pronotum
|The egg laying structure located beneath abdominal segments
8-10 in females.
|The inner pair of anal appendages on anisopteran larvae.
|A shield-like plate covering the top of the thorax.
|A pale patch, resembling a pterostigma on the wings of female Calopteryx.
|A coloured, chitinous patch on the outer region of each wing.
|The three segments and a claw on the end of the leg.
|The segment of the body between the head and the abdomen.
|The second section of the leg.
|A flap below abdominal segment 8 in females which can be
prominent in some species.
|A notch halfway along the leading edge of the wing.
|A protective case for the wings.