One of the fastest and most maneuverable of the world’s winged insects, the dragonfly uses a method of catching prey called “hawking” where the dragonfly forms a basket with its hairy legs, scooping and eating up to 300 flying mosquitos every day of its week-long adult life.
A beautiful male blue dasher posing on a stick in Tallahassee, Florida. Males are bright blue with green eyes, and the females are a drab brown with dull yellow stripes.
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