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Dragonfly: Energy & beauty combined!

Dragonfly taking a break from mosquito hunting. Photo by Bob Benson, Lafayette, CA
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Gary:
This gorgeous dragonfly landed on the tip of the radio antenna of our Prius and I managed to be in the vicinity at just the right time to get this photo. Is this an example of conserving energy but not beauty?
Bob Benson, Lafayette, California

Bob:
I say it’s more likely an example of conserving energy AND beauty! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home …

Dragonfly eating ladybug. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home … or the dragonflies will get you!

I’m BACK! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! /Gary

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011
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Dragonflies — Mother Nature’s mosquito hawks

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

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
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Blue dragonfly at Lafayette Reservoir

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A blue dragonfly, one of the skimmers, at Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, California. Photographed by Jim Kardoz, Walnut Creek, CA.

Beautiful! Look out, mosquitoes! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
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