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Insects 2019, 10(3), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10030062

Odonata: Who They Are and What They Have Done for Us Lately: Classification and Ecosystem Services of Dragonflies

Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Received: 26 January 2019 / Revised: 16 February 2019 / Accepted: 22 February 2019 / Published: 28 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity and Ecosystem Services of Aquatic Insects)
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Abstract

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) are well-known but often poorly understood insects. Their phylogeny and classification have proved difficult to understand but, through use of modern morphological and molecular techniques, is becoming better understood and is discussed here. Although not considered to be of high economic importance, they do provide esthetic/spiritual benefits to humans, and may have some impact as predators of disease vectors and agricultural pests. In addition, their larvae are very important as intermediate or top predators in many aquatic ecosystems. More recently, they have been the objects of study that have yielded new information on the mechanics and control of insect flight. View Full-Text
Keywords: damselfly; dragonfly; biomimetic technology; climate warming; ecological indicators; mosquito control; myth and art; phylogeny; predation damselfly; dragonfly; biomimetic technology; climate warming; ecological indicators; mosquito control; myth and art; phylogeny; predation
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