Saturday, June 21, 2014

Up Close And Personal

Walking back through the woods after spying on observing the eagles, look what I came across. Ever since I learned about Dragonflies and Damselflies on a field trip last year at Goodwin State Forest, I look at them with new eyes.




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Oh, one more thing. 
Did you know that Dragonflies bite?
Yep...I saw it with my own eyes.
  It happened to a gentleman out on the trail that day. One had landed on his pinky finger and with the magnifying glass, we could see the small nibble taken out of his skin after the dragonfly flew off.  It felt, he said, like a tiny pinch...:)

14 comments:

Ann said...

I never paid much attention to them until my husband fished one out of the pool for me to take pictures of one day. I was fascinated by their wings. I didn't know that they bite though

Linda said...

Oh, no, not one more insect to bite me! These hornets are terrorizing me! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Monkeywrangler said...

My kids love catching dragonflies! It was from them that I too learned dragonflies bite! According to them, dragonflies also chew carpeting if you let them.

Sandra said...

I did not know they bite.. yowsa now i will be hiding from them in the back yard like i do the other flying bugs.. i do know that i stopped loving them when i found out they kill butterflies. so this must mean they bite the butterflies...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful shot! I like dragonflies.

Felicia said...

beautiful critters.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Love the photo! I've been seeing a lot of dragonflies this year, and never thought about them biting, at least it's not a snake! :-)!

Stewart M said...

Nice shot - with the jaws they have I am not surprised that they can bite!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Angela said...

They are beautiful but scary the way the fly around. lol Now I know to be scared of them biting too! lol Last month a stink bug bit my daughter on the cheek! She said it hurt really bad and that odor they put out was awful. She even said that she had a bad taste in her mouth from it. It was awful! I also had to clean out my pot and pan drawers in my kitchen because they smelled like those nasty things and my pots were smelling like them! I didn't find any in there but I washed everything.

Mimsie said...

Dragonflies are beautiful. We used to have lots around Perth years ago but in the 1940s they sprayed to get rid of colonies of Argentine ants and I've hardly seen a dragonfly since. Many insect species disappeared at the same time which seemed such a pity but those ants had to go as they were invading everyone's houses.
I don't think we have damselflies here in Oz but my husband speaks of them in England (where he was born).
I certainly didn't know dragonflies bite but, come to think of it, I think they worry horses so they probably do give them a nip or two.

MorningAJ said...

I love dragonflies. We sometimes get one flitting around in the garden because a couple of people nearby have ponds. I love to see them. Well done for getting that close.

Pamela Gordon said...

Great capture. They don't light too long sometimes and yes, they do bite! I have a friend that is terrified of them as she was bitten once.

Rambling Woods said...

I am going to ask my friend about the biting

Rambling Woods said...

ion -“Do Dragonflies Bite? “ the answer would be Yes. Because that is how they capture and eat their food. Dragonflies are voracious eaters and they eat just about any animal they can catch and chew. But if you ask “Do Dragonflies bite humans?” then again the answer is Yes, only if you catch one and hold it carelessly in your hand in such a way that its mouth touches your skin. Most of them are not even capable of breaking the skin, though some of the bigger and stronger ones can do so and inflict some pain. They are not at all poisonous. Dragonflies are certainly harmless insects to the human population and they never bite people spontaneously. They bite as hard as they can only if they are threatened or provoked seriously. If you think about it, you will realize that it is a perfectly reasonable and justifiable reaction because it is only a natural behavior to protect themselves from potential threats. It is just a method of self defense. Some species of the dragonfly are very curious and will hover about you

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