Amazing Dragonflies!

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Wing Veins

Dragonfly Wing Veins

Dragonfly Wing Veins Picture in Nature

Dragonfly Wing Veins Picture in Nature

Dragonflies are amazing! They are one of nature’s fastest flying insects. They can fly up, down, and backward, and even hover like a helicopter. They only eat while flying, and can catch hundreds of mosquitoes per day. Their eyesight is exceptional. Their eyes have 30,000 lenses each, and they can see in almost every direction. Although modern dragonflies have a wing span of less than 8 inches, fossilized dragonflies had a wingspan of up to 2 feet. The details of the wing pattern are incredible!

UPDATE November 2, 2015:  Our dragonfly wing veins picture was published as part of a scientific report in Nature.  It was used by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany to develop software algorithms to extract graphs from images to process large datasets.  The full article is at:  http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15669   Expanded detailed panels of our dragonfly wing in the article are at: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15669/figures/4

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Amazing Dragonflies!

  1. FeyGirl says:

    So amazing…. 2 feet! LOVE to see one of those beauties!!

  2. mrsbearfoot says:

    Amazing macro of the dragonfly’s eyes! Very interesting facts you have posted. Hmmm, “…can catch hundreds of mosquitoes per day.” They are most welcome to inhabit our back yard! 😉

    • Pam says:

      Yes, we are happy to have them in our backyard. I am always amazed at dragonfly eyes. I got a prism once that simulates how they see – it is fascinating!

  3. michael says:

    Dear Pam and Richard,

    My name is Michael and I am a researcher of the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics located in Saarbruecken, Germany. I contact you because my colleagues and I would like to have your permission to use one of your pictures (Dragonfly Wing Veins) in our next scientific publication. We have designed a software that analyzes images depicting complex structures and your beautiful picture would be ideal to showcase our work. If you have questions do not hesitate to contact me. If you are ok with us using your picture, please drop me a short line.

    Best wishese from Germany,

    michael

    • Pam says:

      Hello Michael. We would be pleased and honored for you to use our dragonfly wing veins photo for your scientific publication. Your research sounds fascinating! Richard is a scientist too, and appreciates your work. Please write me an e-mail at my personal address (pgwinegar@aol.com), and I will reply with the jpg image. Best wishes, Pam and Richard

  4. reocochran says:

    This is indeed an extraordinary photograph and details of the wings beautiful!

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