|Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi)
|Date Taken: 2007-03-20|
|Camera: Canon 40D, 400f5.6 L|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-08-07 2:52|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A dragonfly is a double-winged insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek ανισος anisos, "uneven" + πτερος pteros, "wings", due the hindwings being broader than the forewing). It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world.|
Dragonflies are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Some 5680 different species of dragonflies are known in the world today.
Though dragonflies are predators, they themselves must be wary of many predators. Birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish, water bugs, and even other large dragonflies have all been seen eating odonates. However, dragonflies have many adaptations enabling them to avoid predation.
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