dragon flies

Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis)

Dragonflies were flying more than 300 million years ago







Generally strong fliers

A weak, fluttery flight

Eyes touch on top of the head

Eyes are well separated

Fore- & hindwings are of different shape

Fore- & hindwings are of similar shape

At rest, the wings are held away from the body at an angle of approximately 180

At rest, the wings are held close to the body

















lying in wait for a meal








Four spotted Pennant












Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies and are valued as a predator that helps control the populations of harmful insects, such as mosquitoes.





Great Blue Skimmer
            Libellula vibrans Fabricius

Dragonflies have very good eyesight due to their eye structure giving nearly a 360 field of vision.
More than 80% of their brain is devoted to analyzing visual information.




Dragonflies hold their prey in their legs and munch while flying - sort of like picking up an order of "mosquito to go".










Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly








Dragonflies are the world's fastest insects,

capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 mph








and can travel as much as 137 km (85 mi) in one day.
















They are also capable of hovering in the air for about a minute.

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