Amazing Dragonflies

28 Mar

Psalm 104:24-26  (The Message)

“What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. . . . . . . . . .  All the creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time.”


Amazing things about the Dragonfly’s Eggs and Nymphs:

  • Dragonflies lay their eggs either in the water or as long strings of eggs attached to water plants.
  • These strings might contain 100,000 eggs.
  • Nymphs hatch out of the eggs in one to four weeks.  They are a half to nearly 2 inches long.
  • As they grow they shed their skin ten to 15 times.  This takes 1-4 years.
  • Nymphs hide under rocks and in the mud to pounce on an unsuspecting victim.  They especially enjoy eating mosquito larva.  (Thank you dragonfly nymphs!)
  • They have an amazing way of catching their prey.  They have an underlip with joints.  It is very long, with a pair of hooks at the tip.
  • They shoot this lip forward and catch the insect on the hooks in less than half a second.
  • When they are not using the underlip they fold it over the face like a mask.
  • The nymph breathes by drawing water into the back part of its intestine.  Tiny air tubes take out the oxygen.
  • The nymph then pushes out the water in quick spurts.  In this way it drives itself forward, like a jet-propelled airplane.

Amazing things about the adult Dragonfly:

  • 450 of the worlds 5000 species are in North America.
  • During the final molt of the nymph a dragonfly emerges to live only 4-6 weeks.
  • It spends its time eating insects, mating and laying eggs.
  • The dragonfly can fly up to 60 MPH.
  • The two rear wings are larger than the front pair.  They are held outspread when the insects lands.
  • Their eyes are huge, compared to their heads. While we have one lens in each eye, that lets in the light, their eyes might have 30,000 lens each.
  • They can see forward, backward, sideways and up and down—and up to 40 feet away, all at once.
  • They put their six feet together and form a tiny basket in which they catch their prey.  Aren’t we glad they like eating mosquitoes?  Thank you God!

How amazing it is that all living things work together for the good of other living things.  If it were not for mosquito eating critters, humanity would be big trouble, overrun with mosquitoes.   God directs the dragonfly to lay eggs in ponds infested with mosquito larva—the emerging nymph’s favorite food.  Is that a coincidence or God’s design?

It is apparent to the discerning mind that this great and amazing world didn’t just happen but had a very wise designer that created it all with humanities best interest in mind.




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