Monday, September 14, 2009

This one's for the boy . . .

Our boy that is.  Nate.  The ever curious, nature loving, question asking, trivia guru, knowledge seeker kid, I mean man.  Sheesh - man.  I just got a little older saying that.  

To give a nod to school starting, and 2 kids on their way to being teachers, I'm posting the following photos taken by Nate -- with my camera (thank you very much).  I know he has been dying to see here you go Natey!

The Dragonfly.

This is not the actual eye of the dragonfy!
But it sure looks like one doesn't it?

I think the "fake" eye looks like something Disney would put on an insect character!

kind of reminds me of an airplane!

This was a HUGE dragonfly!

Dragonfly trivia to impress your friends with...
  • Immature dragonflies have six spindly legs, and a body that is only a few times longer than it is wide. 
  • They have two fairly big eyes. 
  • Some of their mouthparts are modified to shoot forward and grab prey.
  • They breathe water through gills in their abdomen, and can squirt this water out fast to give themselves a quick jet-propelled movement. 
  • Adult dragonflies are easy to recognize. They have long thin bodies, very large eyes, and they hold their 2 pairs of wings out flat on either side. 
  • Their legs sometimes have many long stiff hairs. 
  • Immature dragonflies are usually brown or greenish, and sometimes have algae growing on them. 
  • Adult dragonflies can be very colorful, some are red, blue, yellow, or green.
  • Dragonflies are found all over the world.
  • In Michigan there are 114 species.
  • Dragonflies need sunny warm weather to fly, usually the temperature must be over 65°C.
  • They eat flies, aphids and mosquitos.  
Now aren't you glad you read this post?  :)


  1. Did you read that post carefully...

    They eat mosquitoes -- they are our *friends*!

    Love it!

  2. Wow, those wings are so cool. Nice pics Nate

  3. I think dragonflys are cool.. but when you talk about their legs and shooting mouth parts and stuff like that it makes my tummy all ooggie! BLAH!

  4. Whoo! there was a close up picture of the wings, but it's not on here. Thanks, ma!

  5. Nate, cool pics. I'm amazed it didn't fly away when you stuck the ruler in there. You are stealthy.


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