Today I’ve decided to go on an outing to the a local lily pond. I’ve packed lunches for me and Axie only, knowing that Darby, Delta, Dixie, and Dex will find plenty on offer while we’re there. It was Darby’s suggestion that we go. He flew over the lily pond while flying back from his visit with Dash and Driscoll. He says he would have stopped for a snack then, if he was sure he could make it back home before dark. (Shhhh… Darby is afraid of the dark. He doesn’t want anyone to know.)
I will need to pack extra sunscreen and repellent for the pesky 2-winged insects. I may not need repellent at all since my friends will take care of any biting flies that come too close. Did you know that dragonflies aren’t really flies at all. They have 6 legs like black flies, biting midges (no-see-ums), sand flies and mosquitoes, all of which belong to the zoological order Diptera. Dragonflies, however, have 4 prominent wings which puts them in a different zoological order – Odonata. Maybe this is why my friends guiltlessly ‘lunch-munch’ on 30 to 100 of the 2-winged fliers daily.
I’m still trying to determine if Dragonflies have teeth. Smithsonian Magazine states that they do while other relevant resources state otherwise. ‘Odon’ is old greek for tooth so my limited research will continue. What I can state, unequivocally, is that Dixie does have teeth (Alligator Clip) and hers are the strongest teeth of all. Dragonflies do have a very strong mandible jaw and if captured may clamp down on their perceived enemy to aid in their escape. This may feel like a bite.
I’ll include pictures of our trip to the lily pond in a future blog post. For now, Axie says it’s time to start his day.
Sue and the Axe-Man