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Mr. Dragonfly

July 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Ironically, not long after we shared the photo of the damselfly feeding on her prey, this beautiful creature buzzed by us before landing on our porch. He got comfortable in the highest, darkest corner available. So I climbed and stretched. He stayed like this until he flew away, giving me only one angle of his colorful body. And when he did fly away, I may or may not have scrambled down as fast as I could. Dragonflies are cool but I have never felt the urge to come into contact with one.

I have heard that, while adult dragonflies are extremely colorful, immature dragonflies are mostly green and brown. Since this one falls into both categories, I am going with late teens. Did you know that a dragonfly catches his food (other flying insects) while flying? They can easily move in six different directions and a part of their mouth is actually able to reach forward, grabbing their prey. One other interesting fact is that dragonflies have gills in their abdomen that they can breath water through. They then use those gills like itty bitty rocket boosters, shooting that water out to catapult themselves in... well, apparently any direction they want.

 


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