One of the most under appreciated critters, in my opinion, is the dragonfly. Nature’s natural defense of West Nile disease. The dragonfly’s hideous little larvae monsters remain in the water just like the mosquito larvae. Though when they evolve and break loose they are an air force taking down mosquitoes at all altitudes. Coming in many color phases they are very cool and should be appreciated. The butterfly gets more credit, but the dragonfly does the important work.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California
Dragonfly larvae are the scariest-looking little aquatic predators I’ve ever seen. They make fast work of mosquito larvae (and other aquatic insects), which that catch and eat with their powerful jaws. And as you say, once the dragonfly larvae metamorphose into adult dragonflies, they become living fighter planes that track down adult mosquitoes on the wing. /Gary