Perhaps you will not find facts about dragonflies so very interesting and I hereby beg your pardon for taking the liberty of imagining you will.
However! As I was researching a bit for my Dragonfly Days post, I discovered some really nifty facts that didn’t fall into the information I needed. So, here I am, with all kinds of new-found knowledge about dragonflies and no really good use for it.
What better way to share than to write a blog post! I know that dragonflies are everywhere these days, so here are some pieces of trivia to think about as you watch these lovely jewels zoom around your backyard…
- Dragonflies are the fastest recorded insects. Claims have been made that one was clocked at 60+ m/p/h. However, average speed for dragonflies is 20-34 m/p/h. Fast enough.
- Dragonflies have an internal temperature of as high as 110 degrees F. Wow! They cannot fly until their bodies reach a certain temperature and must be careful not to overheat in hot climates.
- Dragonflies can bite a human finger! Won’t happen often. In fact, it’s far more likely that you will be bitten by a dragonfly nymph. The nymph has powerful jaws that are capable of eating small fish and tadpoles.
- In Japan, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength and happiness. European lore considers dragonflies as evil. In Indonesia, dragonflies are caught on sticks and fried as a delicacy!
- Belong to the order Odonata. Hobbyists are called oders.
Great resources for further research into dragonflies: