Flora and Fauna

Dragonflies on Deerfield Island


Dragonflies have teeth and are in the order Odonata (toothed ones) but do not bite humans.  Adults are characterized by 2 huge  multifaceted eyes,  2 pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with colored patches, and an elongated body.  They are ferocious predators with near 360 degree vision and can hover, and fly sideways and backwards . Among the first insects to inhabit the planet, they can intercept prey (gnat, mosquitos, biting flies and others small bugs), by judging the speed and trajectory of the target and adjust their flight to intercept. 

All 4 of its wings can move independently, hence, the superior agility in the air.  They can fly up to 18 miles /hr.  One species does an ocean migration of 11,000 miles and holds  the title of "worlds longest insect migration". Dragonflies lay eggs underwater and larve live there for 2 -6 years.  There is a Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond in Albuquerque,  New Mexico. 

Some interesting facts:

People in Indonesia like to eat them for a snack.

Having a dragonfly land on your head is considered good luck.

 

                                                           

                                          

We have our own dragonfly population, come and visit with them.