Dragonflies: Jewels of the Insect World
By Judy Ferris, Master Naturalist & Guest Blogger
Watch this 1-minute video of a dragonfly eating a mosquito. Note the positioning of the dragonfly‘s legs; basket-like and perfect for capturing prey.
Click below to watch a beautiful slow-motion video by BBC of a dragonfly in flight. 1 ½ minutes in length.
- A dragonfly nymph has gills in its rectum. Thus, the nymph continually takes water in and out through its anus to breathe. [No. I am not making this up!]
- If threatened, the nymph uses the powerful muscles of its rectum to blast water out of the anus.
- Whoosh! Powered by the blast, the nymph is jet-propelled at high speed away from danger, leaving only a camouflaging plume of disturbed debris in its wake!