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 them....so here you go Natey!
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.