Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dragonfly

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.(read more)



Photo by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Gumbo Limbo Trail, Everglades National Park
May,2009

6 comments:

Javier Tajuelo said...

Buen macro Juanka, a mi me fascinan estos rapidos voladores, un abrazo, Javi.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Wow, love the dof in the second image. Great eye colors with this guy. Blue Skies.

Javier 16 said...

Menos mal que las libélulas son pequeñas, que te encuentras una de frente más grande y te dá algo. Una pasada las fotos del pavo real, sobre todo, como has sacado la intensidad del azul. Fascinantes las fotos.
Saludos.

Lisetg said...

que abusador eres, Juanka, es mas, ahora mismo quito mi foto de la libelula...na, es jugando. pero despues de ver esta, no quiero mirar mas la mia, por dios, que macro.

Lisetg said...

No se si viste esta en mi photoblog:

http://www.liset.org/index.php?showimage=104

pero no se compara, mi lente no me deja acercarme mas.

en la tuya se ven todos los detallitos de la cabeza.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Beautiful macro shots Juan. I love the dragonflies.