We are on the letter D for Blogging Through the Alphabet.
D is for Dragonfly.
I know another insect. Thanks to my daughter I think I have learned more about insects than I ever wanted to know. Regardless, they are amazing and I see an amazing Creator when I learn and see insects. Dragonflies are fascinating. What imagination he put into His creation.
Dragonflies are part of the Odonata order and in the Suborder Anisoptera. There are over 3,000 known species of Dragonflies around the world.
Dragonflies are vicious predators if you are on their food list. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about them stinging or biting when we capture them.
A dragonfly has amazing vision with two huge compound eyes, which gives the dragonfly almost 360° vision. Each compound eye contains as many as 30,000 lenses. The dragonfly uses 80% of its brain to process all this visual information. They can see a wider spectrum of colors than we can.
Dragonflies can move each of their four wings independently. They can flap each wing up and down; they can rotate their wings forward and back on an axis. That means that they can move straight up or down, fly backwards, stop and hover, and make sharp turns at full speed or in slow motion. Scientists at Harvard University used a high-speed camera to study dragonfly flight. The studied caught them taking flight, catching its prey, and returning to a perch, all within the time span of just 1-1.5 seconds. A dragonfly can fly at a forward speed of 100 body lengths per second, or up to 30 miles per hour.
The best part is that a dragonfly can eat hundreds of those pesky mosquitoes in a day. Like I mentioned they are vicious predators and will eat lots of other insects.
Scientist look at the quality of water to see if they have several aquatic macroinvertebrates and a dragonfly nymph is one of those indicators. They are sensitive to polluted water. In Myanmar they released dragonfly nymphs into their water sources to help control mosquitoes to control the spread of yellow fever.
That is just a few amazing facts about the beautiful dragonfly!
Other bloggers have joined in Blogging through the Alphabet. Annette and Amanda are hosting this on their blogs. Stop by and see what they are blogging about with the letter D. #abcblogging
For my other Blogging through the Alphabet post:
C is for Crash