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A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies are also the fastest flying insect.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic.

Nymphs can deliver a painful bite when threatened. The wound should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent water-borne infections.


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Comment by non on December 19, 2010 at 1:41am

This is a cracker!.....


I have both a Fuji and Nikon with excellent macro modes!....I have taken quite a few of these, but must try for more!


thank you

Comment by Jim Novak on June 19, 2009 at 8:00pm
Great shot - wonderful combination of colors, nice sharp focus and DOF
Comment by Jason Fortner on June 19, 2009 at 12:19pm
Great shot, I had some success with my old fuji superzoom taking pictures of dragonflies, I should try it with the Nikon.

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