I always like to see dragonflies in my garden. Today, there are approximately 3000 species of dragonflies, and they can be found all over the world (except for Antarctica and Arctic Alaska). Their head is large compared to the rest of their body, and they have very short antennae. SPECIES SERIES. I appreciate you stopping by and all your support. Once the dragonfly’s eggs hatch, the nymph will remain in the water and molt between 9 and 17 times before reaching adulthood. Many have migrated south and others have died. I love being surrounded by them when I mow as they dance around me in all of the varied colors....well done.... Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 21, 2015: Hi Delores! Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 12, 2015: Wonderful hub! They colors here is mostly blue to dark blue the ones i seen. They glistened in the sun. The mouth of the dragonfly is adapted for biting with a toothed jaw, which is where they get their “dragon” name. Like most other dragonflies, the widow skimmer male is territorial and may patrol very large areas to search for females and to chase off other males. Once the nymphs have reached the adult stage, as a dragonfly, they have a short life span. We really need a bunch of them here in TX with all the rain lately. Very glad you've shared all this great information and I will too. They can fly straight up or down, make hairpin turns, fly backwards, and hover like a hummingbird. This allows the dragonfly the agility it has in the air. Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs (“raptorial legs”) in which prey items are caught and held securely. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 11, 2015: Cool video ....I adore dragonflies. Widow Skimmer They occur most everywhere in the United States with exception to the highest points of the Rocky Mountains. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 11, 2015: This has always been one of my favorite insects and still I learned something here. At 9 O'clock Pond, the most abundant dragonflies are now the Calico Pennants (Celithemis elisa), and the Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina); the Common Whitetails no longer have Airy near Philadelphia, United States. They do not bit so they are alright with me. moonlake from America on November 19, 2015: Love dragonflies. Much larger dragonfly species existed in the distant past than occur on earth today. They also use their legs for climbing on plants, perching, and walking, but it is rare for a dragonfly to walk. You are very welcome sallybea! Watching them dart, float, and dance through the air… Just through observing dragonflies, it quickly becomes clear that their meaning and impact on us as humans goes much deeper than just being a beautiful part of nature. Not only are they fascinating to look at but their aerial acrobatics are extraordinary. I love your after-life metaphor story! Pruinose mature male widow skimmer Much larger dragonfly species existed in the distant past than occur on earth today. Dragonfly nymph just after exiting its dried larval skin or exuvia, drying its wings. Widow Skimmers can be found in muddy substrates, lakes, streams, ponds, and creeks. Once the dragonfly has zoomed in on its prey, it grabs it with its set of six legs. Sometimes they are so flighty I have a hard time getting a good photo of them, but I do have a few nice photos. Im just like them spiritually lifted wild and free with nature in my soul, I live on an outfitter from end april til beginning of school classes, These species are just so magnificent and gracefully beautiful. They lived in the water; he above. GICLEE PRINT OF ORIGINAL COLORED PENCIL DRAWING OF; GREEN HERON, WIDOW SKIMMER DRAGONFLY, WATER ARUM, AND ARROW ARUM, WITH APPROXIMATE IMAGE SIZE OF 14-1/4"X 10-3/4" . Many people confuse dragonflies and damselflies. Voted up and across (not funny). Thank you, Faith Reaper! They seem to follow me when I go for my walks. We have also had a lot of rain and mosquitoes are everywhere! Voted up. It is so interesting :). Each wing has three Its wings will straighten out and begin to dry. Notice wings held together close to body. Dragonflies have been in existence for over 300 million years. I am all for the eating all these mosquitoes we have to! However, the dragonfly is harmless to humans: their jaw is too small and they have no “stinger.”. Have a great day! I consider them to be good luck. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. … I get some pretty ones here. I'll stay out of Costa Rica. Discover everything Scribd has to offer There are so many different species of dragonflies in this world, some of the more colorful ones are very beautiful. The damselfly will fold its wings close to its body when resting. Thank you Patricia! Thank you for the information! One of the largest and most easily recognized dragonflies that we see here in Minnesota is the twelve-spotted skimmer. Voted up and more. The largest, found as a fossil, is an extinct Protodonata named Meganeura monyi from the Permian period, with a wingspan of 70-75 cm (27.5-29.5 in). Much appreciated. Dragonflies will be found near water. Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 12, 2015: I love it when the dragonflies are plentiful around here. The adults will catch and carry their prey to a perch where they will discard any wings and then ingest their prey, usually starting with the head first. Widow skimmer dragonfly, male. We live a short block away from a greenbelt area in our subdivision that has water in a drainage ditch. There are so many mosquitoes. Given its growing popularity, particularly in urban areas, I thought I'd share some of my tips on equipment for year-round commuting. It can take from several hours to several days for the “teneral” adult’s body to harden and its wings to strengthen enough for it to fly. They may shrink and it will shorten their lifespan. When I came out later, it was dead on the ground directly below where it was perched. I appreciate you stopping by! Female Widow Skimmer, Jordan Lake Dam area, Chatham County, NC, 8/12/15 Female Widow Skimmer, Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC, 5/31/11 Mature female Widow Skimmer, Durham, NC, … He may frighten them. Some living for only a few weeks, while others may live up to a year. Skimmer dragonfly nymphs (order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera, family Libellulidae) Feeding: All dragonfly nymphs are predators. I appreciate you stopping by and have a great day! Never had an idea how to discern damselfly from dragonfly. The average lifespan of a dragonfly, from the laying of the egg to the death of the adult, can last from six months to six or seven years. Eastern forktail damselfly, female. Dragonflies are capturing the curiosity of humans. Thanks for the compliments Lynn. Enjoyed your hub. Dragonflies, like all insects, are ectotherms, which means they cannot regulate their body temperature themselves and rely on their surrounding environment to cool or warm themselves. I found this lone female Widow Skimmer behind my apartment building. Plus, they eat those dang mosquitoes. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2015: Thank you Cornelia! That would be very sad, poor thing. Compared to other insects, the dragonfly has excellent vision. Dragonfly, any of a group of roughly 3,000 species of aerial predatory insects most commonly found near freshwater throughout most of the world. The smallest modern species recorded is the libellulid dragonfly, Nannophya pygmaea from east Asia with a wingspan of only 20 mm, or about ¾ of an inch. Present in Park: June through August. It is during this time that the dragonfly is very vulnerable to predators. Photo ©Carol Freeman. I always enjoy watching the dragonflies we have around here. This is one of the larger, flashier dragonflies, and it is easy to identify. A juvenile Widow Skimmer, probably a female since she has no white bands next to her black patches. In 1896 this species was accidentally introduced by a nurseryperson at Mt. , Bald-Faced Hornet – Dolichovespula maculata, Family Apidae – Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble & Honey Bees, Family Sphecidae – Thread-Waisted Wasps, Mud Daubers, Superfamily Evanioidea – Aulacids, Ensigns, and Gasteruptids, Superfamily Ichneumonoidea – Braconids & Ichneumons, Symphyta – Sawflies, Horntails, & Wood Wasps, Auchenorrhyncha – Cicadas, hoppers & allies, Sternorrhyncha – Aphids, Scales, Mealybugs, Lycaenidae – Blues, Coppers, & Hairstreaks, Superfamily Pyraloidea – Pyralid and Snout Moths, Subfamily Arctiinae – Tiger and Lichen Moths, Cupressaceae – Redwood, Cypress, Arborvitae, Juniper, Hamamelidaceae – Witch Hazel, Sweet gum, Ironwood, Hippocastanaceae – Horse-Chestnuts & Buckeyes. […] Very educational and entertaining. Thank you so much for the kind comment, link and share. I do love to watch the dragonflies! :). Other names for dragonflies are “water dipper” in England, “old glassy” in China, and the ancients Celts called dragonflies “big needle of wings” because of the needle-like shape of their bodies. I learned a lot here. We have 2 "farm ponds" on our place, so there are usually a lot of dragonflies around. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and I thank you for stopping by! Many aquarists agree that too much flow will cause the anemone to stretch out and look stringy. He remembered his friends and his promise. Thank you for stopping by and the vote up! A nymph told his friends that after he climbed up above the surface of the pond, he would return to tell his buddies the news. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for the info....any trip to the lake is always a pleasure, in part because of the dragonflies I always see. Adult dragonflies have the same typical head, thorax, and abdomen divisional bodies as other typical insects. Female widow … Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing. My little grandchildren love to run about chasing them.I will have to have them try this, they would be thrilled to have one light on their finger! ), Dragonfly and danselfly are partnof my life since im a youngster, Were i work now way up north they are big like the size of a fist they are huge and beautiful. Have wonderful day! Here too! I found that very sad. The legs are positioned so they form a pouch-like shape that helps it hold on to its prey. “Perching dragonflies rely on the sun for warmth and will skillfully position their bodies to gain the maximum exposure of the sun for warmth. FlourishAnyway from USA on April 14, 2015: Any 7 1/2 inch dragonfly no matter how pretty would have me running or swatting in the air (I'd hope not to hurt anyone though). The twelve-spot is named for the series of spots that are seen on the wings. I would really love to see that "Jurassic" dragonfly! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 02, 2015: Thank you, Moonlake! It was probably just his time. I appreciate you stopping by too and hope you have a wonderful day! Have a wonderful day! In order for the “patrolling” dragonflies to warm up their bodies, they will fire up their wings using a rapid whirring motion. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 05, 2015: I agree! This is the most common damselfly in our area, and it can be Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 30, 2015: Hi Peggy! He spread them and soared above the little pond. They may live as long as six months provided the weather is dry and warm. They would not understand. They fly loops in and out of the reed canary grass along Willoway Brook, snatching insects and looking for mates. Dragonflies represent grace and beauty and are often used in art and poetry. The dragonfly will spend most of its life as a nymph, depending on the species, that could be anywhere from 3 months to 5 years in larger species. Hope you are enjoying your Friday and the upcoming weekend. A dragonfly from the genus Sumpetrum – but I can’t tell you which species! The female dragonflies may lay their eggs on the surface of water or deposit them on aquatic plants. Thank you Peg! Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2015: Like you, I find dragonflies to be interesting creatures as well as beautiful. The dragonfly is a fast and agile flyer, but can be caught by birds such as falcons, hawks, swifts, flycatchers, and swallows. Some dragonflies even use their wings as reflectors, either positioning their wings to reflect the suns warm rays towards their bodies or deflect the sun away from them to cool their bodies.". Some of them are so large and so gorgeous! Thank you so much, vocalcoach! At the Odonata Central website you can put in a county in North America and receive a list of the known dragonfly species for the area. I haven't written about bike commuting in a while. It was all so different, so amazing! Last summer there were so many of them around, all colors, and now this spring is beginning the same way. At the Michigan Audubon's Cranefest they have a book sale. Eastern forktail damselfly, female. Like all dragonflies they begin their life in water as nymphs or naiads, feeding on aquatic insects and tiny minnows. The Energy and Symbolism of the Dragonfly I’ve always loved dragonflies.. Once there in the open air, he slipped free of his past state. Thank you for all your support, my friend and have a wonderful day! It’s often a lot colder in the morning than in the evening. Dragonfly nymphs in a pond wondered where their friends disappeared to. So we often see dragonflies in our yard and area. Boy, am I a sucker for book sales. The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of mantis native to Asia and the nearby islands. Find that dragonfly stuff and make some jewelry with it, I would love to see a hub on it! Have a beautiful day! Photo ©Carol Freeman. Hello, Bill! In some Native American cultures, dragonflies are believed to be the “souls of the dead.” Dragonflies were once called the "devil’s darning needles," and it was said that the dragonfly would find misbehaving children during the night and come sew their mouths shut. I have seen lots of dragonflies so far this spring and I love to watch them.

Like most other dragonflies, the widow skimmer male is territorial and may patrol very large areas to search for females and to chase off other males. In the nymph stage, they will eat mainly bloodworms and insect larvae, but are also able to catch and eat tadpoles and very small fish. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 11, 2015: Love the dragonfly; I even did an article on it once and bought up some dragonfly stuff to make jewelry and all that and never did. Dragonflies are used to decorate many beautiful pieces of art and sculpture. I myself like creating dragonflies in Photoshop, they are so beautiful. I just read a hub by Peggy W a few days ago about these amazing insects. Although Skipper butterflies share certain characteristics with other butterflies, particularly in egg, larval and pupae stages, they differ in several important ways. I wish I would see more of them around. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. widow skimmer wil hershberger wild ginger wild lupine wildflowers wildlife diversity conference willow flycatcher Wilson's snipe wingless wasp winter finches winter insects winter stonefly winter wren witch-hazel wood duck wood frog Ebony jewelwings, like this pair (the female with a white dot on her wings) are the essence of summer. This compares to 19 cm (7.5 in) for the largest modern species of odonates, the Hawaiian endemic dragonfly, Anax strenuus. After mating, the female usually lays her eggs alone in shallow ponds or lakes I learned so many new things about these amazing creatures. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2015: Thanks Sheila for interlinking our hubs about the beautiful dragonflies. Thank you, Jackie! The largest dragonfly fossil found had a wingspan of 2 ½ feet. The have two large ball shaped compound eyes which have approximately 30,000 ommatidia, or “lenses,” allowing them to see in a complete 360 degree span. The robin pictured below was photographed on an August morning atop a willow oak. THIS IS THIS IS PART OF THE MN. Ours aren't very colorful though, mostly brown tones and a bit of blue. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 17, 2015: Hi Flourish! the Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). They even land on you and rest for a while before the spread they wings and fly away again. Their flight muscles have to be kept at a fairly warm temperature for them to be able to fly. Dragonfly Monitoring - Free download as Powerpoint Presentation (.ppt / .pptx), PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or view presentation slides online. a Dragonfly nymph. Now I just have to entice them to hang out in our garden area. Great hub. Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 13, 2015: Hi Sheila - I am a big dragonfly fan for several reasons, one I will share that is a metaphor for the after-life. The damselfly also has a slimmer body than the dragonfly. It makes me smile now to think about it. When the dragonfly nymph is ready to become an adult dragonfly, the process of nymph-to-adult transformation only take about two hours. :). I have regretted that ever since! Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on April 11, 2015: Love Dragonflies, one of my favorite things to photograph. Widow skimmer dragonfly, male. Dragonflies are such amazing little creatures.Their sky high dances delighted us as children under a Florida evening's hot summer sun, but once in a great while, if we stood very still with our finger pointed straight up, one might light on our finger for just a moment. Female widow skimmer dragonfly, warming her wings in the sun. OUR DATA: We use the most recent data from these primary sources: AnAge, UMICH, Max Planck, PanTHERIA, Arkive, UKC, AKC. The dragonfly has two sets of very strong wings. A female Eastern Bluebird tries to wrestle a large female Widow Skimmer dragonfly into her fencepost nest. During the last molting, the nymph will crawl out of the water and the exoskeleton will crack open to release its abdomen. Most dragonflies don't live very long after their nymph stage. They are not jointed like butterfly wings, and each of their four wings work independently of each other. They also have a “flattened” area in front of its eyes with eye cells that see directly in front allowing it to zoom in on its prey. Common name- Widow skimmer Scientific name- Libellula luctuosa Family- Libellulidae Order- Odanata Size- 1 1/2 to 2 inches Lifespan- 2 to 3 years Reproduction (# of offspring & gestation period)- Food- mosquitoes, flies, bees Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 02, 2015: Dragonflys are almost as lovely to me as butterflies. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 20, 2019: What a wonderful memory! (it was really helpful to me! Although its wings are transparent and appear very delicate, they are much stronger than they appear. Damselfly. I do love to see dragonflies and I enjoy it when the follow me on my walks. I appreciate your kind comment at all of your support! Top base layer – With winter riding, layering is key. What would have caused that? Do you wonder what dragonflies live near you? on May 13, 2015: Fantastic hub on dragonflies Sheila! I never tire of the widow skimmer dragonflies, even though they are ubiquitous in my region. This short lifespan of the adulthood in dragonflies allows them to live in the presence than in the future. But how could he reach them? Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! Dragonfly species are characterized by long bodies with two narrow pairs of intricately veined, membranous wings that, … She might have flown all summer but spent most of her lifespan as an underwater bug. They'd climb up the stem of a pond plant never to be seen again. The easiest way to tell them apart is the fact that the dragonfly will hold its wings flat, away from its body, at rest. In southern parts of the U.S., the dragonfly is known as the “snake doctor.” The folklore belief is that the dragonfly follows the snakes and will sew them back together if they become injured. This is one of the larger, flashier dragonflies, and it is easy to identify. The largest known now is said to live in Costa Rica and has a wingspan of 7 ½ inches. Your photos are always amazing. So, the dragonfly flew on, knowing that his friends would one day join him and that then they would understand. Enjoyed it all, particularly the Culture section. I will be looking for your hub and be happy to do the same! I don't really know how I would react to such a large dragonfly! Explore one of the largest Bird Longevity Databases in the World. Some dragonflies “patrol,” meaning they fly back and forth, as compared to those that tend to perch. dragonfly ppt Much more than documents. Hubby and I had a great chance to go to Costa Rica and passed it up. You did a great job with this hub. I love dragonflies too and have the first picture you saw here hanging on one of my walls. Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 11, 2015: Sheila, dragonflies are so cool. Thank you for your kind comment! They eat a wide variety of insects including: Just one dragonfly can eat up to several hundred mosquitoes per day. Long before the dinosaurs walked the earth, Griffenflies, which were their prehistoric ancestors, flew the skies. Apparently, the dragonfly was dead or dying when I saw him perched (vertically) on the arch. Have a wonderful day! There are some species of ducks and herons that eat dragonfly larvae as well as newts, frogs, and fish. The typical lifespan of an adult butterfly is about two weeks, so drop by Butterflies & Blooms and say hello to our newest celebrity. kipper butterflies have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet needle, whilst other butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae. When the eggs hatch, the nymph remains in the water and will hunt and eat aquatic invertebrates. It's wings were gone and ants were eating it's body. Libellulid nymphs use sit and wait hunting strategy or actively stalk their prey. Hi Shauna. Dragonflies are fascinating and beautiful insects. And of course, I’m never in a summer meadow, it seems, without seeing the striking Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). Dragonflies are carnivorous and usually hunt during flight. I love dragonflies too and find them very fascinating! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think "earth angels" are a wonderful name for them! The largest, found as a fossil, is an extinct Protodonata named Meganeura monyi from the Permian period, with a wingspan of 70-75 cm (27.5-29.5 in). The fastest dragonfly recorded flew at an amazing speed of 30 miles per hour, but their cruising speed is more around 10 mph. She did, eventually, and then spent some time within the cavity, no doubt slicing and dicing the large tough insect so that Thank you for such a wonderful comment, R. Talloni! Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 13, 2015: Lots of interesting information here about these fascinating creatures.

We recommend that you wait at least six months before you add one of these inverts since that is enough time to get a healthy amount of coralline algae growth, which indicates that your reef tank has achieved stability. He rose and broke the surface of the water. I love to watch dragonflies and the one in the first picture seemed to want to keep my company as I went for a walk one day. Will be happy to attach a link from your hub to mine and also share++. Thank you for stopping by! Thanks for stopping by and the votes! Huge wings emerged. Unfortunately it is true that the average life expectancy of a red-shouldered hawk in the wild is only about 25 months. Widow Skimmer, Twelve-spotted Skimmer Female – 3 patches per wing F M Male – 2 patches per wing Juv M M Tony Robison Juv male & female have slanted pale dashes on abdomen edge. Yesterday, I noticed one perched on an archway of my house (stucco). I just wish we had a bit more colorful ones around here! My niece calls them earth angels and she actually named them that when her sister, another precious niece, died too soon. I need to look for that, might still be fun. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day! Nature sure is a miracle and I very much enjoyed learning a few new facts about them, thanks for sharing. I liked dragonflies before and now I love them because its interesting to learn about them and they come in many different colours, I sometimes even take photos of them in their pretty colours!!! Mesurupetala, Late Jurassic (Tithonian), Solnhofen limestone, Germany. Thank you for sharing it with me. Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on April 12, 2015: Thank you very much for this hub, Sheila! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2019: I'm glad I could be helpful. However, in the short and sometimes cold weather, adults will not live for longer than several weeks. This fecundity appears to be much needed as only 25% of young robins survive their first year and the average lifespan is a short two years. The dragonfly will spend most of its life as a nymph, depending on the species, that could be anywhere from 3 months to 5 years in larger species. I love watching the dragonflies as they are so graceful when flying.

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