Libellulidae Red Swampdragon Agrionoptera insignis allogenes Sunshine Coast Qld Australia
Dragonflies and Damselflies
The earliest dragonflies appeared over 300 million years ago and since that time they have developed into many different sub species. According to some humans Dragonflies are so aerodynamically out of whack they shouldn't even be able to fly. Dragonflies not taking any notice of this delusional fact are some of the fastest insects in world.
They can hover in mid-air, are extremely fast and with this super natural gift of agility and speed it makes them a serious force to be reckoned with in the insect world. They have evolved into one of natures most successful insect predators. Since water plays an important part in their reproduction cycle; watering holes often become aerial battle grounds.
Dragonflies are very territorial to say the least and guard their water holes with quiet tenacity often using sentries to ward off bigger insects. Because Dragonflies can hover for long periods gives them an advantage over water as many insects get trapped and drown. Their love of water also gives then an added bonus because they tend to avoid spiders which probably has help them survive for 300 million years...
Dragonflies have been classified by humans who love unpronounceable Latin made up sounding names as belonging to the Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. (I rest my case... 'What a gob full'). Asisbiz Matthew Laird Acred
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