dragonfly_in_flight.jpgDragonflies are fascinating insects. They are one of Earth’s most ancient creatures; the oldest known fossils of dragonflies are about 325 million years old. There are about 5,000 species of dragonflies in all sizes and colors, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. Dragonflies are accomplished fliers. Each of the four wings can be controlled independently, making dragonflies the aerobatic stunt fliers of the insect world. Their multi-faceted eyes contain over twenty thousand separate lenses, meaning that they have superior vision. This, combined with their flying abilities, makes them a nightmare predator for their favorite prey, mosquitoes.

Dragonfly Lore
If a dragonfly lands on your fishing pole, you will soon catch a fish.
In Romania, the dragonfly is associated with black magic or the devil
Dragonflies will sew up the mouths of scolding women, misbehaving children and profane men.
Dragonflies catch insects for snakes, and sometimes help care for baby snakes.
In Japan, the dragonfly is a symbol of strength
Mitchell, Forrest Lee, and James Lasswell. A Dazzle of Dragonflies. College Station: Texas A & M UP, 2005. Print.

Newton, Blake. "Dragonflies of Kentucky - University of Kentucky Entomology." University of Kentucky. Welcome to the University of Kentucky. 16 Aug. 2008. Web. 12 Jan. 2011.


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