Blue Dragonfly sits still with its lacy wings extended
Explore Nov 11, 2011 #44
Depth of field... a perfect example. With the head and forelegs in focus this colorful dragonfly's yellow-jacket body and black lacy outer wings become fuzzy and blurred.
But look what this view lets us see clearly! Notice the tree-like front legs, the black nose and white mouth filled with a tasty bit of something! Cameras are such fun. They let us into the unseen-by-the-naked-eye world!
Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world. Large dragonflies have a maximum speed of 22–34 mph with average cruising speed of about 10 mph! Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them can't walk well despite their impressive flight speed!
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest.
Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.
"The main symbolisms of the dragonfly are renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has - which is a lesson for all of us." wiki.answers.com
Dragonfly, Odonata, Epiprocta, Anisoptera
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