I think dragonflies are some of the prettiest insects on the planet. They’re sort of like butterflies, but more…streamlined I guess you could say. Every dragonfly has two pairs of wings and an elongated body, its characteristic of their species. Not only that, but they are among the fastest insects out there. One field experiment clocked a dragonfly going sixty miles per hour. Granted, it wasn’t the most reliable experiment ever but that is still pretty cool if its true.
Dragonflies existed back at the time of the dinosaurs. In fact, there have been fossils of dragonflies with two foot wingspans found. I think I would be pretty terrified if I saw a dragonfly that big. Especially because they’re carnivores and usually eat things like flies, ants, or wasps. If a dragonfly was two feet across, however, I bet it could eat small birds. Or possibly me?
Luckily the only way anyone is going to see a giant dragonfly is in these close up pictures of this beautiful insect.
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