Dragonflies are flying insects that don’t look like dragons at all. Although they don’t resemble dragons, these flying critters are among the most amazing fliers in the world- they can fly forward, backward and sideward. Aren’t they amazing?
Dragonflies are very helpful to humans because they feed on mosquitoes. And yes, like Damselflies, some dragonfly species also display the Symbol of Love while they’re making love.
Butterfly Dragonfly (Rhyothemis variegate)
Rhyothemis variegata dragonflies are beautiful species that can be found in South Asia. These Dragonflies are remarkable for their large and brightly colored wings often mistaken for butterflies. The common name is unique – well, I just invented it.
As the common name of this dragonfly species of Europe and Asia – the Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) is characterized by stout and robust body, tail and head. It is also distinctive for the four wing patches.
Take a close look at the tail of the Jade Clubtail Dragonfly (Arigomphus submedianus). It was so named because of the appearance of its tail that resembles a club. amazing creature isn”t she?
Twelve Spotted Skimmer
The Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) of North America looks fabulous and attractive with its wings that has three brown spots on each. As this dragonfly species grow older, additional white spots form between the brown ones and at the bases of the hindwings. Because of the number of these white spots, it is sometimes called the Ten-spot Skimmer.
One of the most brightly-colored species of dragonfly in the world is the lovely and beautiful Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea). This bright red dragonfly is endemic to Europe.
The Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) is a unique-looking dragonfly species native to North America. The dragonfly has notable wings characterized by black blotches at their proximal ends which make it looks like wearing saddlebags.
Common Green Darner
This dragonfly species was named after its resemblance to a darning-needle and its color. The Green darner (Anax junius) on the above-photo is colored blue. This uncommon blue form of Green Darner was photographed in Ottawa, Canada. It is also commonly known as Common Green Darner.
The Common Whitetail (Libellula lydia) is a North American dragonfly species with a striking and unusual appearance. Male species have chunky white body combined with the brownish-black bands on its otherwise translucent wings, give it a checkered appearance. It is also commonly known as Long-tailed Skimmer.
The Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) is a colorful species dragonfly endemic to North America. Like the Rhyothemis variegata dragonflies, Halloween Pennants are often mistaken for butterflies because of their yellow-orange wings.
The Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) is dragonfly species native in North America. It is remarkable for its steely blue body and yellow with brown stripes. Its wings are marked with prominent black basal bands.