Sunday, June 23, 2013
While trimming hedges and trees that have decided to take root in my flowerbed I had a visitor. I only had my cell phone on me and my unwieldy hedge trimmers that I carefully dropped trying not to scare my visitor away. He was such a fascinating specimen that I stood in awe for moments before I gathered my wits to reach in my pocket to get my cell out. The black markings on his wings looked like they were shaped like hearts till I examined the photos more closely. I may have been able to get a more detailed photo with my point and shot but was happy he stayed for a moment so I could at least get a couple cell phone snaps. I did some quick research here.
Dragonflies, like damselflies like to live near marshes and waterways but they differ in that a dragonfly has two pairs of transparent wings that are held perpendicular to the body when the body is at rest. They are one of fastest moving insects and are our friends in that they prey on mosquitoes. They also eat other small insects such as flies (yay!), bees, wasps, ants and sometimes but rarely butterflies and other smaller dragonflies. They hatch their young in wetlands and I found one more amazing fact; there are 5680 different species of damselflies. While they are predators, they are food for birds, lizards, frogs, spider, fish, water bugs and larger dragonflies.
Joining NF Winged, a fascinating meme I stumbled upon the other day. Take a closer look at God's fascinating creatures. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!