Worldwide, the Odonata order of insects (dragonflies and damselflies) includes more than 5,000 individual species. They exist in many countries around the world. Within the United States, there are about 400 species of Odonata. Dragonflies prey on other creatures through their entire life cycle. As larva in bodies of water, they prey on other small creatures (mosquito larva, tiny fish, etc.). As adults, they eat other flying insects. This male Eastern Pondhawk (females are green) was just relaxing in the sun and paid me absolutely no mind. They are one of the more striking dragonflies that you’ll see. I captured this beauty on a rock in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA.