The Devil's Darning Needle

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© Tammy Espino
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A damislefly is smaller of the dragonflies .They are smaller with slender bodies and brillantly colored.They rest with their wings folded. The nymphs are aquatic and breathe by means of gills located at the end of the abdomen; the gills can also be used for propulsion through the water. The nymphs feed on insect larvae and are an important food for fish and birds. When grown, they crawl up out of the water and molt. Most species produce a single generation each year, with the nymph stage usually overwintering. Both nymphs and adults prey on mosquitoes and other insects and are harmless, indeed beneficial, to humans. Fossil remains of a form from the Permian period, with a wingspread of 212 ft (76 cm), were found in Kansas. Dragonflies are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Odonata.

19 responses

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Can you hear my applause? WOW!

  • Alicia Bernal

    Alicia Bernal said (3 Aug 2008):


  • Susan Helsel

    Susan Helsel (Deleted) gave props (3 Aug 2008):


  • Martie Last

    Martie Last said (4 Aug 2008):

    Great macro! I appreciate the background info, too.

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Great capture Tammy and thank you for the info too!!

  • LaShawna Jones

    LaShawna Jones gave props (5 Aug 2008):

    Amazing capture...This deserves to be in the "hot" pics!!!

  • Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    wooow really nice shot!!

  • Ankur Acharya

    Ankur Acharya (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Great. Thanks for the info too.

  • Traci Howard

    Traci Howard gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Awesome capture! Very interesting info!!

  • Kimi Phillips

    Kimi Phillips gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    You know how I love these creatures!!!! Awesome shot!:)

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    excellent shot!

  • Vladan Djordjevic

    Vladan Djordjevic gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Terrific details, lighting and colors! Superb image.

  • Vicky Abrams-Ogg

    Vicky Abrams-Ogg gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Nice macro!!

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Great capture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    stunning stunning stunning...........My vote for sure!

  • Carol Robison

    Carol Robison gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    Wow Cool and I hate any bugs, LOL

  • sandra robison

    sandra robison gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    hey greatttttttttt pict. loved it

  • Colleen Custer

    Colleen Custer gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    Love how you focused on the dragonfly and blurred the background! Perfect!

  • Bermi Shutter

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