landed on my son’s hands. 🙂
Dragonflies are very common this time of year. You can see dozens of them flying about, just over-head, in open fields. We love them because they are beautiful creatures and they eat gnats, mayflies, flies, mosquitoes and other small flying insects. In the larva stage they like to eat mosquito larva.
The larva stage of larger dragonflies can last several years, while in the adult dragonfly stage the lifespan is up to several months.
In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side. Their hind wings are broader than their fore-wings. They can fly at a rapid speed to get away from prey and to catch a bite to eat. Most flying insects cannot out fly a dragonfly.