A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but adults hold their wings away from, and perpendicular to the body when at rest. Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects. They are valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. Adult dragonflies do not sting or bite humans, though nymphs are capable of delivering a painful but harmless bite. I captured this male Widow Skimmer on the shore of Lake Telemark in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Kodak Z812 IS digital camera.