If this guy above has an estimated 30,000 eyes, I am pretty sure I was in many of them. No doubt, most of them were trained on me.
I guess that ‘dragonfly’ is a common name of any aquatic, predaceous, slender bodied bug with equal pairs of wings. They have many common names, about 80 in the dictionary, and have been around for around 300 million years according to The Dragonfly Site.
I looked for the type of red dragonfly and got two that looked like this one, but both are from outside the country, so I am not sure. One even said Damselfly, but according to Capella University, a Damselfly holds its wings together above their body when at rest. Dragonflies spread them like in my images. They also said, unlike other insects, their wings do not disengage and fold downward.
Males are territorial and I did see them chasing each other. A male stakes out an area awaiting a female to fly by. His area includes a couple of resting spots and he flies back and forth between them. I saw this behavior.
After mating, the immature dragonflies, or nymphs, live in the water and are predaceous, feeding on invertebrates. They breathe by gills located on the base of the abdomen. Gills also can propel them in water. Bigger nymphs can eat small fish or tadpoles and they overwinter in the water.
After the nymphs grow, they leave the water and molt. They molt up to 15 times before adulthood. As adults, they search for food outside the water, like mosquitoes. A great place for information on them is the Dragonfly Site. It has many stories and loads of interesting facts.
These two trees had numerous dragonflies in them, but most seemed to prefer the skeletonized conifers on the shores of the lake. Lucky for me too, since they were not as easily photographed in the deciduous live poplar saplings. The image, two above, was taken in the front tree. The image below is on a dead spruce. You can see them lined up along the shore in the above image.
And don’t forget Word for Wednesday is Serendipity. If you post a Wordless Wednesday image that represents Serendipity, that would work out great too.
I will add a Mr. Linky if I can figure it out.