Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on April 12, 2015: Thank you very much for this hub, Sheila! on May 13, 2015: Fantastic hub on dragonflies Sheila! Do you wonder what dragonflies live near you? Once the dragonfly has zoomed in on its prey, it grabs it with its set of six legs. Widow skimmer dragonfly, male. Enjoyed your hub. The dragonfly is a fast and agile flyer, but can be caught by birds such as falcons, hawks, swifts, flycatchers, and swallows. Dragonflies are such amazing little creatures.Their sky high dances delighted us as children under a Florida evening's hot summer sun, but once in a great while, if we stood very still with our finger pointed straight up, one might light on our finger for just a moment. I liked dragonflies before and now I love them because its interesting to learn about them and they come in many different colours, I sometimes even take photos of them in their pretty colours!!! Sometimes they are so flighty I have a hard time getting a good photo of them, but I do have a few nice photos. The Energy and Symbolism of the Dragonfly I’ve always loved dragonflies.. This allows the dragonfly the agility it has in the air. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 11, 2015: This has always been one of my favorite insects and still I learned something here. “Perching dragonflies rely on the sun for warmth and will skillfully position their bodies to gain the maximum exposure of the sun for warmth. Some of them are so large and so gorgeous! Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! Dragonfly nymphs in a pond wondered where their friends disappeared to. FlourishAnyway from USA on April 14, 2015: Any 7 1/2 inch dragonfly no matter how pretty would have me running or swatting in the air (I'd hope not to hurt anyone though). Thanks for stopping by and the votes! I haven't written about bike commuting in a while. kipper butterflies have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet needle, whilst other butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae. They colors here is mostly blue to dark blue the ones i seen. It’s often a lot colder in the morning than in the evening. A female Eastern Bluebird tries to wrestle a large female Widow Skimmer dragonfly into her fencepost nest. They may live as long as six months provided the weather is dry and warm. In southern parts of the U.S., the dragonfly is known as the “snake doctor.” The folklore belief is that the dragonfly follows the snakes and will sew them back together if they become injured. Very glad you've shared all this great information and I will too. When the eggs hatch, the nymph remains in the water and will hunt and eat aquatic invertebrates. He remembered his friends and his promise. Dragonfly Monitoring - Free download as Powerpoint Presentation (.ppt / .pptx), PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or view presentation slides online. And of course, I’m never in a summer meadow, it seems, without seeing the striking Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). Female widow skimmer dragonfly, warming her wings in the sun. Thank you Patricia! Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on April 11, 2015: Love Dragonflies, one of my favorite things to photograph. He rose and broke the surface of the water. I appreciate you stopping by! When I came out later, it was dead on the ground directly below where it was perched. Thank you for your kind comment! I love dragonflies too and have the first picture you saw here hanging on one of my walls. They seem to follow me when I go for my walks. Once the dragonfly’s eggs hatch, the nymph will remain in the water and molt between 9 and 17 times before reaching adulthood. Although Skipper butterflies share certain characteristics with other butterflies, particularly in egg, larval and pupae stages, they differ in several important ways. I have regretted that ever since! Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 13, 2015: Lots of interesting information here about these fascinating creatures. Other names for dragonflies are “water dipper” in England, “old glassy” in China, and the ancients Celts called dragonflies “big needle of wings” because of the needle-like shape of their bodies. I wish I would see more of them around. The dragonfly has two sets of very strong wings. I myself like creating dragonflies in Photoshop, they are so beautiful. They glistened in the sun. My little grandchildren love to run about chasing them.I will have to have them try this, they would be thrilled to have one light on their finger! Dragonflies, like all insects, are ectotherms, which means they cannot regulate their body temperature themselves and rely on their surrounding environment to cool or warm themselves. Given its growing popularity, particularly in urban areas, I thought I'd share some of my tips on equipment for year-round commuting. Much larger dragonfly species existed in the distant past than occur on earth today. After mating, the female usually lays her eggs alone in shallow ponds or lakes Adult dragonflies have the same typical head, thorax, and abdomen divisional bodies as other typical insects. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2019: I'm glad I could be helpful. They lived in the water; he above. Have a wonderful day! Will be happy to attach a link from your hub to mine and also share++. Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 11, 2015: Sheila, dragonflies are so cool. I consider them to be good luck. Thank you for stopping by and the vote up! I am all for the eating all these mosquitoes we have to! Long before the dinosaurs walked the earth, Griffenflies, which were their prehistoric ancestors, flew the skies. Dragonflies represent grace and beauty and are often used in art and poetry. Have a wonderful day! In 1896 this species was accidentally introduced by a nurseryperson at Mt. Dragonflies have been in existence for over 300 million years. There are so many mosquitoes. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 30, 2015: Hi Peggy! Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 12, 2015: I love it when the dragonflies are plentiful around here. Discover everything Scribd has to offer Thank you for such a wonderful comment, R. Talloni! Boy, am I a sucker for book sales. Not only are they fascinating to look at but their aerial acrobatics are extraordinary. a Dragonfly nymph. Thank you for all your support, my friend and have a wonderful day! Hi Shauna. They also have a “flattened” area in front of its eyes with eye cells that see directly in front allowing it to zoom in on its prey. Ours aren't very colorful though, mostly brown tones and a bit of blue. ), Dragonfly and danselfly are partnof my life since im a youngster, Were i work now way up north they are big like the size of a fist they are huge and beautiful. Last summer there were so many of them around, all colors, and now this spring is beginning the same way. moonlake from America on November 19, 2015: Love dragonflies. They fly loops in and out of the reed canary grass along Willoway Brook, snatching insects and looking for mates. I love dragonflies too and find them very fascinating! They'd climb up the stem of a pond plant never to be seen again. We live a short block away from a greenbelt area in our subdivision that has water in a drainage ditch. So we often see dragonflies in our yard and area. Top base layer – With winter riding, layering is key. Thank you Peg! It's wings were gone and ants were eating it's body. The typical lifespan of an adult butterfly is about two weeks, so drop by Butterflies & Blooms and say hello to our newest celebrity. My niece calls them earth angels and she actually named them that when her sister, another precious niece, died too soon. Hello, Bill! Skimmer dragonfly nymphs (order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera, family Libellulidae) Feeding: All dragonfly nymphs are predators. Find that dragonfly stuff and make some jewelry with it, I would love to see a hub on it! Now I just have to entice them to hang out in our garden area. The damselfly also has a slimmer body than the dragonfly. The dragonfly will spend most of its life as a nymph, depending on the species, that could be anywhere from 3 months to 5 years in larger species. Like most other dragonflies, the widow skimmer male is territorial and may patrol very large areas to search for females and to chase off other males. Libellulid nymphs use sit and wait hunting strategy or actively stalk their prey. Compared to other insects, the dragonfly has excellent vision. Dragonflies are fascinating and beautiful insects.

We recommend that you wait at least six months before you add one of these inverts since that is enough time to get a healthy amount of coralline algae growth, which indicates that your reef tank has achieved stability. The damselfly will fold its wings close to its body when resting. Thank you for the information! Most dragonflies don't live very long after their nymph stage. (it was really helpful to me! Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 13, 2015: Hi Sheila - I am a big dragonfly fan for several reasons, one I will share that is a metaphor for the after-life. I found this lone female Widow Skimmer behind my apartment building. There are so many different species of dragonflies in this world, some of the more colorful ones are very beautiful. Dragonfly nymph just after exiting its dried larval skin or exuvia, drying its wings. This fecundity appears to be much needed as only 25% of young robins survive their first year and the average lifespan is a short two years. Have wonderful day! A dragonfly from the genus Sumpetrum – but I can’t tell you which species! Hubby and I had a great chance to go to Costa Rica and passed it up. It makes me smile now to think about it. The average lifespan of a dragonfly, from the laying of the egg to the death of the adult, can last from six months to six or seven years. I get some pretty ones here. I need to look for that, might still be fun. I learned a lot here. She did, eventually, and then spent some time within the cavity, no doubt slicing and dicing the large tough insect so that The adults will catch and carry their prey to a perch where they will discard any wings and then ingest their prey, usually starting with the head first. Very educational and entertaining. What would have caused that? The robin pictured below was photographed on an August morning atop a willow oak. Im just like them spiritually lifted wild and free with nature in my soul, I live on an outfitter from end april til beginning of school classes, These species are just so magnificent and gracefully beautiful. Plus, they eat those dang mosquitoes. Voted up and more. The largest dragonfly fossil found had a wingspan of 2 ½ feet. They can fly straight up or down, make hairpin turns, fly backwards, and hover like a hummingbird. I appreciate you stopping by and have a great day! Thank you, Faith Reaper! I'll stay out of Costa Rica. Explore one of the largest Bird Longevity Databases in the World. Widow Skimmers can be found in muddy substrates, lakes, streams, ponds, and creeks. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. … I love your after-life metaphor story! They even land on you and rest for a while before the spread they wings and fly away again. 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