is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies (Anisoptera/Epiprocta) and damselflies (Zygoptera). The word dragonfly
is also sometimes used to refer to all Odonata, but odonate
is a more correct English name for the group as a whole. Odonata enthusiasts avoid ambiguity by using the term true dragonfly
, or simply Anisopteran
, when referring to just the Anisoptera. The term Warriorfly
has also been proposed. Some 5,900 species have been described in this order.