It Takes Two To Tango


San Bernardino, United States

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I was thrilled to capture these two beautiful
creatures and I love their facial features.
Click on photo to view larger. (Canon D40)

Dragonflies and damselflies (odonata),
like cockroaches, are one of the oldest
types of insects. The only thing that has
changed about them are their size. In
prehistoric times, odonata were as big
as hawks. They had wingspans of about
thirty inches and were the largest insects
to ever live. Their fossils have been
discovered in Kansas, Siberia, and many
other parts of the world. Dragonflies and
damselflies are often very colorful and are
carnivorous – they hunt and eat meat.
Adults feed on mosquitoes, they eat
butterflies and some will even take spiders
from their webs! Their life-cycle can be
from a few months to even a several years.
They can fly up to speeds of 25-30 miles
per hour. They are considered aquatic
insects because they live near fresh water
and their larvae (young form) actually live
in water. They live near rivers, lakes,
streams, ponds, and even marshes and
swamps. Adults need sunshine and
warmth for their daily activity. Many
species must therefore warm themselves
before they fly. They neither sting nor
bite and are completely harmless to
humans. Adults have well-developed
eyes and hunt mostly by sight and are
extremely agile fliers. Adult males
generally hang out near water to be
seen by females, who mostly stay
away from water until they are ready
to mate and lay eggs. In mating, the
male and female form a ‘wheel’ position.
The male gets in front and clasps the
head of the female with the claspers
at the end of his abdomen; the female
is behind and bends her abdomen
downward to the secondary genitalia
of the male where she will receive his
sperm. Dragonflies can mate while
perched but can also mate while in flight.
The male is often present while the
female lays her eggs so that other
male competition will not disturb her.

Info taken from internet sites

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