Dragonflies and damselflies are insects. As such, they have 3 prominent body parts - a head, a thorax to which the wings, in this case 4, and 6 legs are attached, and an abdomen. Their front and rear wings are not linked together, but can be operated independently. The dragonfly is an impressive insect, a master of the air, daring enough, in some cases, to hover almost within arm's reach in front of human invaders in its territory. At rest, its wings lie flat, at right angles to the body. The damselfly is generally much less impressive or conspicuous. It tends to be smaller and less robust, a much weaker flyer still capable of aerial acrobatics, but less active. At rest, damselflies hold their wings over their backs, either together or spread out in a v-shape. Damselflies usually stay close to a surface, while dragonflies can zoom up into the air and out of sight. Dragonflies and damselflies are predators throughout their lives.