Monday, July 15, 2019

OUCH!...A Story

Late one afternoon, when I was sitting under the pergola, a dragonfly decided to keep me company.  It perched in the sun while I sat in the shade.


When we first moved here, I went on a "Dragonflies and Damselflies" Walk.  Led by a man that became a VERY good friend over the years, he explained the habitat and various species as we came across them on our excursion.  I was fascinated.  When we stopped to take a small break, one of his assistants in training spoke up saying, "Look, a dragonfly landed on me.  Look at the size of him!"  We all turned to look closely as the colorful critter sat comfortably on his hand.  Suddenly he said, "Ouch!  He bit me."  

Walking over toward the young man, Juan replied, "Yes.  They can bite.  And it looks like he got a good chunk of skin."

In case you don't believe me, here's what Google said...

"YES, if you catch one and hold it in your hand and carelessly allow its mandibles to reach your skin, it will bite as hard as it can in self defense. Very few dragonflies can even break the skin, but some of the big ones can do so and may induce an “ouch”."


just seeing, saying, and sharing...

OUCH!...A Story

with you and those at 

5 comments:

Ann said...

Well I had no idea. I guess I"ll never let one land on my hand

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty dragonfly. I never knew they could bite. Have a happy day and a great new week!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I didn't know they bit. Ugh. I'll keep that in mind, next time I see one. They usually keep their distance, and I don't try to pick them up or let them land on me. But sometimes they tend to hover close, so I'll have to make sure they don't try to land on me. The bugs biting is bad enough.

only slightly confused said...

Didn't know they could bite but I neer did like bugs anywhere near me so I'm not liable to try to make friends with a 'biter'.

Powell River Books said...

We have carnivorous plants here at the cabin called Sundews. One of their favourite foods is damsel flies. You can see the sad little blue carcasses hanging from the plant's sticky openings. Sundews are a bit like a small Venus Flytrap. - Margy

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