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Dragonflies — Mother Nature’s mosquito hawks

By Gary Bogue
Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 6:29 am in Dragonfly, Mosquitoes.

Dragonfly by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Gary:
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

Dave:
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

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One Response to “Dragonflies — Mother Nature’s mosquito hawks”

  1. Dave Harper Says:

    Gary,
    I have always appreciated the dragon fly’s. In my back yard pond each year many are born. When I clean my filter I go through and save each one knowing they will go after the mosquitos at some point. They are also beautiful creatures. A large orange dragon fly is here at the pond this year. Adds color and flavor to the back yard. Dave

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