Dragonflies
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
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Information:
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.
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/dragonflies/dragonflies.htm.

Images

Original image: 'Coming' http://www.flickr.com/photos/36836231@N00/2879812418 by: Arturo

Original image: 'Libelinha / Libélula' http://www.flickr.com/photos/86585370@N00/160863716 by: Isidro Vila Verd

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Original image: 'Dragonfly wing 4 - photoshop blue' http://www.flickr.com/photos/50835495@N00/33591981 by: Michael Wilson

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Original image: 'Dragonfly' http://www.flickr.com/photos/28284386@N02/2675850356 by: Kris Bradley

Original image: '"Skeletor with Wings"' http://www.flickr.com/photos/23084352@N00/510784454 by: Kenny P.

Original image: 'Multifaceted eyes' http://www.flickr.com/photos/24489124@N06/2419374310 by: Miss Izs

Original image: 'Libélula a Contraluz' http://www.flickr.com/photos/67662120@N00/2301174044 by: Gustavo Durán

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