The Dragonflies are back in full force, zooming around the water feature and perching on spots with good views.

I was thrilled to see the Dragonfly above obelisking, that is, raising their tail to cast a shadow and cool off. I’d taken a few photos of them with their tail down. Then, whoosh, their tail shot up so hard that the leaf bobbed.

Dragonflies Patrol the Pond

At least two other male Blue Dasher Dragonflies also live near the pond. I learned a lot about these glorious insects from Chris Goforth, the Dragonfly Woman herself, during her talk Myths and Minibeasts for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For example:

  • The females choose a male to mate with not because of his sense of humor or other personal quality, but because of the desirability of his territory. This is why males fight over and defend territory, such as the best perches around the pond.
  • Their order Odonata means toothed insect, but you don’t have to worry about them biting you. Just leave them alone.
  • Their wing muscles are attached directly to their wings, unlike most insects. They can fly backwards and upside down. They’re fast, with US Dragonflies zooming at up to 35 miles per hour.
  • Dragonflies may “accompany” large mammals, including Humans, to eat the insects that they disturb as they walk around.
  • And look out if they come after you! Dragonflies catch over 90% of the prey they pursue, one of the highest of any predator.