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Every year, in the late summer, we get a lot of big green or blue dragonflies darting about

the yard and garden. A few years ago, one got stuck in the deer netting I had put up (which catches dragonflies, but does absolutely nothing to deter Montana deer!) I find these insects so fascinating, and just hated to see this guy in distress. I got a pair of scissors and -very carefully- cut the netting so he could get out.

I swear that for years he would come back around and say hello to me...

I looked up "about Dragonflies" on Google. This is what I found....

Dragonflies are fascinating insects with a rich history and unique characteristics. Here are some interesting facts about dragonflies:

  1. Dragonflies are ancient insects that have been around for over 300 million years. They were one of the first winged insects to evolve, even before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

  2. Dragonfly nymphs live in the water and breathe through their anus. They hunt other aquatic invertebrates and even small fish or tadpoles.

  3. Most new dragonfly adults are eaten by predators in the first few days after their emergence.

  4. Dragonflies have excellent vision that helps them detect the movement of other flying critters and avoid in-flight collisions.

  5. Dragonflies are masters of flight and can fly in all directions, including backward.

  6. Male dragonflies fight for territory and have multiple sex organs.

  7. Some dragonflies migrate, with some species traveling up to 11,000 miles across oceans and continents.

  8. Dragonflies thermoregulate their bodies by adjusting their wings to different angles to capture or reflect sunlight. Dragonflies are winged insects that belong to the group Odonta, which goes back 325 million years. They have large compound eyes, transparent wings with coloured markings, and long bodies. They can fly up to 35 miles an hour and backward, and some species can migrate thousands of miles. They are fearsome predators of other insects, as well as small fish and tadpoles, using their lower jaw or their flying ability to catch their prey. They start their lives in the water, where they hatch from eggs and live as nymphs for up to three years.

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Sep 17, 2023

I never knew!


Tiffany Begley
Tiffany Begley
Sep 17, 2023

🤯 Wow! I too have always been intrigued by dragonflies but never looked up their fascinating details!

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