Luna the Dragonfly

Dragonfly Transparent“Excuse me but can I tell you a little about me. I’m a bit shy really and don’t like talking about myself. I’m a dragonfly and my name is Luna. I get a little embarrassed when people tell me I am so beautiful. It’s because I have such large eyes and a long slender body that sometimes glistens like gold in the sunlight. I spend a lot of time sunbathing, just perching on reeds near the edges of ponds and rivers. I love the sunshine and a day stretched out by the water’s edge with a mosquito picnic is my ideal way to spend the day.”

Brown Hawker (female) Woodwalton Fen 18Jul2016 by Henry Stanier compMore about Dragonflies

  • Adult dragonflies have two large eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches and an elongated body.
  • Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours often being described as ‘winged jewels’!
  • Dragonflies feed on flies, midges and even each other – they are aerial predators.

Did you know:

  • Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors are found from 325 million years ago; these had wingspans up to about 75 cm (30 in).
  • Dragonflies start their lives under water and can spend several years as nymphs living in fresh water.

Luna is a special dragonfly – ‘Brown Hawker’:

  • The brown hawker is a large hawker dragonfly which is on the wing from the end of June through to September.
  • It can be spotted patrolling a regular hunting territory which it will defend aggressively against intruders.
  • Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.
  • They are easily recognised, even in flight, by its entirely chocolate brown body with tiny yellow and blue markings. Their wings are golden-orange in colour.

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