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Dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies,...
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Dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but adults hold their wings away from, and perpendicular to the body when at rest. Their two sets of wings work independently, allowing dragonflies to maneuver through the air effortlessly. Their huge eyes give them incredible vision in almost every direction except directly behind them.
Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.
Dragonflies are among the most ancient of living creatures. Fossil records, clearly recognizable as the forefathers of our present day species, were flying more than 300 million years ago, predating dinosaurs by over 100 million years and birds by some 150 million.
The first dragonflies that existed were much larger than the present day species, having a wingspan reaching 35 inches. Today, dragonfly wingspans rarely exceed 10 inches, yet they are able to reach speeds of 19 miles per hour. Approximately 400-500 species are known in the United States, with new species being described every year.

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Alwolfe October 01, 2017
Very nice capture!
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tonybruguiere October 03, 2017
Thanks very much, Al.
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kristitimmons January 07, 2019
Magnificent capture! Thank you for the information. It's very interesting.
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tonybruguiere January 12, 2019
Thank you, Kristie. I really appreciate that.

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