Another post in my series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather– this time featuring dragonflies!
Dragonflies are very interesting creatures, and I look forward to seeing them zip around the garden in the middle of the summer. Here are some fun facts from a site called dragonfly-site.com.
- A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.)
- A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour. (fact, but not all dragonflies are that fast – one was clocked at this speed in Australia)
- Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life. (myth)
- There were huge dinosaur dragonflies that lived 300 million years ago. (fact – the largest fossil found had a 2 ½ foot wingspan, and currently there are dragonflies in Costa Rica that measure 7 ½ inches across the wings.)