Dragonflies: Magical Mosquito Marauders

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Health Editor’s Note: Here we have a helpful insect who does its duty to exterminate mosquitoes.  We have several types that thrive and fly over Duff pond.  Some are as large as the hummingbirds who are constantly at the hummingbird feeders….no kidding!  🙂  Carol

14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies

by Sarah Zielinski Smithsonian.com

Flying insects are usually annoying. Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Bees and wasps sting. Flies are just disgusting. But there’s something magical about dragonflies.

1 ) Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet.

2 ) Some scientists theorize that high oxygen levels during the Paleozoic era allowed dragonflies to grow to monster size.

3 ) There are more than 5,000 known species of dragonflies, all of which (along with damselflies) belong to the order Odonata, which means “toothed one” in Greek and refers to the dragonfly’s serrated teeth.

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