We have many dragonflies darting around our home, but they never pause long enough for me to get a picture of them. I read that they can fly up to 36 miles per hour.
I understand that dragonflies are really fascinating insects. The primary fascination that humans have had with the dragonfly is because of:
• its ability to seek out pure water.
• its ability to reflect multiple colors with changing angles of light.
• its awe inspiring flight and speed.
• its ability to almost single-handedly control insect populations.
• the way it lives out its adult life, living each moment to the fullest.
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The body of the dragonfly is supported by two pairs of extremely powerful wings that operate independently. Dragonflies (like the hummingbird) can fly in all directions . . . up, down, left, right, forwards and even backwards.
Dragonflies have large multifaceted eyes or compounded eyes; I read that they have approx. 30,000 eyes!
In Jamaica, there is a superstition about seeing a dragonfly eye to eye. If you do come face to face with a dragonfly, you should touch water first before it does, or else … or else you die!
Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. The dragonfly spends most of its time as a nymph in the water before its metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly.
Dragonflies eat flies, mosquitoes, other small flying insects, and sometimes butterflies, moths and bees. Adult dragonflies do not bite or sting humans, but dragonfly nymphs are capable of delivering a painful but harmless bite.