Latest Odonata Stories

Dragonflies Display Complex Choreography While On The Hunt
2014-12-15 03:28:18

The dragonfly is a swift and efficient hunter. Once it spots its prey, it takes about half a second to swoop beneath an unsuspecting insect and snatch it from the air.

Light-colored Insects Thriving As European Climate Warms
2014-05-27 03:21:20

Butterflies and dragonflies with a lighter shade of color do better in warmer areas of Europe.

Dragonflies Show Human-like Selective Attention
2012-12-21 05:48:24

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have uncovered the first evidence that invertebrates, like primates, have brain cells dedicated to the process of selective attention.

Dragonflies Are The Flying Aces Of The Insect World
2011-10-04 05:03:37

Research focuses on aerial feats such as hunting and mating in mid-air.

2009-07-15 06:11:50

A biologist in the Maldives is claiming that millions of dragonflies fly thousands of miles across the sea from southern India to Africa.

2007-08-20 00:21:16

By R. Sittamparam KOTA TINGGI: Environmentalists on a river clean-up exercise at the Gunung Panti Bird Sanctuary stumbled on a rare find - the world's largest dragonfly.

Latest Odonata Reference Libraries

Great Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis
2014-04-04 12:11:39

The great spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) is a species of damselfly that can be found in southern, western, and central areas of North America and in northern areas of South America. It prefers to reside near slow moving streams, ponds, and pools in wetlands with abundant aquatic vegetation as well as woodlands. This species is most often seen between the months of April and December, although its emergence can vary depending upon the temperature. The great spreadwing reaches an average...

Western Willow Spreadwing, Chalcolestes viridis
2014-04-04 12:03:22

The western willow spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis), also known as the willow emerald damselfly, is a species of damselfly that can be found in central and southern areas of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Its range includes areas of the Mediterranean, Italy, the islands of Corsica, Sicily, and Ibiza, and Turkey. This species prefers to reside near slow moving or still ponds, lakes, ditches, and canals with abundant vegetation and wooded areas. It is sometimes considered to hold...

Migrant Spreadwing, Lestes barbarous
2014-04-04 11:57:49

The migrant spreadwing (Lestes barbarous), also known as the southern emerald damselfly, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Its rage includes Barbary in North Africa and the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, India, and Mongolia. It is most often seen near still water that is brackish or stagnant. This species is similar in appearance to other members of its genus, having a metallic green color on most of its body and a tendency to hold its wings...

Emerald Spreadwing, Lestes dryas
2014-04-04 11:52:50

The emerald spreadwing (Lestes dryas), known as the Turlough spreadwing in Ireland and the scarce emerald damselfly in Britain due to its rarity, is a species of damselfly that can be found in many areas of Asia, Europe, and North America. It prefers to reside near still waters in ditches, lakes, ponds, and bogs. This species is known to tolerate extreme conditions that other damselflies and dragonflies will not live in. The emerald spreadwing is similar to other members of its genus in...

Spotted Spreadwing, Lestes congener
2014-01-20 14:52:54

The spotted spreadwing (Lestes congener) is a species of damselfly that can be found in in North America, in a range that includes Canada and the United States. It prefers to reside near temporary and permanent ponds or flooded riverbanks, as well as slow moving swamps and marshes. This species can be seen between the months of July and September. The spotted spreadwing differs in size between the sexes, with males reaching an average body length between 1.4 and 1.7 inches and females...

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