This entry was posted on January 18, 2009 by Beyond Bluestockings. It was filed under insects .
i saw a giant dragonfly once. It was almost as big as my hand – i read that there are some in australia too – http://australian-insects.com/giant-dragonfly.php.
i remember i tried to catch it and it bit me
that was painful 🙂
January 20, 2009 at 2:05 am
The one in the link was quite pretty, but I would have the creeps meeting one as large as my hand.
It is only recently that I found that they eat bees. I was in the garden with my camera and observed that there were both many bees, and many large dragonflies.
I saw a large one, (not nearly so large as described in the link, but by comparison to, well, small ones?) resting on a branch eating a bee. I was a bit horrified. I thought they were herbivorous.
There were many largish ones, and I avoided the big ones because they are a bit creepy, even before I knew they ate bees. But knowing they also bite people – it’s just one more reason to give them a wide berth.
January 20, 2009 at 2:35 am
well, in my case, i tried catching it, so couldn’t really blame it. I remember it was a really beautiful colour – this dazzling blue. Anyway, that was the only one i’ve seen.
but I’ve been told that there are a few wildlife sanctuaries out here where these dragonflies and butterflies (the really big ones) are common.
January 21, 2009 at 2:06 am
It looks like the helicopter of the insect kingdom, doesn’t it?!
January 21, 2009 at 3:13 am
Vimal, yes, I suppose I might have bitten you under the same circumstances!
PearlsofTruth, there is another one I am planning to post (there is something gone a little mental in my dashboard stopping me from uploading at present) and he really looks like a helicopter – a very mechanical look!
January 21, 2009 at 11:44 am
Goodie… we will wait patiently for WordPress to get their act together, for the next beautiful picture from the camera of Mrs BB… 🙂
January 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm
You are both (my two readers!) too kind to me. 🙂
January 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm
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