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Do you know what's fact and myth about the dragonfly?
There are lots of fun and interesting facts about dragonflies. Some facts about dragonflies are scientifically proven facts and some are actually myths about dragonflies that have been around for as long as hundreds of years. Can you tell the difference between the myths and the facts about dragonflies? (Answers are below)
1. A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second.
2. A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour.
3. Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life.
5. Dragonflies have huge stingers and some people are allergic to their stings and can die.
6. There are about 5,000 different species of dragonflies all over the world except in Antarctica. 450 of the species can be found in the United States and about 80 species in British Columbia.
7. A dragonfly’s eyes have about 30,000 lenses and a dragonfly can see all the way around it, but they don’t see details very well.
8. From the time a dragonfly egg hatches, it can live anywhere from six months to six years, but only about two months as an actual dragonfly.
9. In the old days, dragonflies would seek out bad kids and sew their mouths together with their claspers while they slept. Dragonflies were known as the devil’s darning needles.
10. A dragonfly’s scientific name is Odonta, which comes from the words “tooth-jawed” because the entomologist (insect scientist),Johann Christian Fabricius, who named them studied the dragonflies’mouths in order to distinguish the different species. Now their wings are studied as well to classify dragonflies.
Answers: (I hope you're not cheating and peeking at these before you attempted to answer the questions on your own!)
1. Fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.
2. Fact, but not all dragonflies are that fast – one was clocked at this speed in Australia
4. 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.
5. Myth – the thing that looks like a stinger on a dragonfly is actually called a clasper and the male dragonfly uses it to hold onto the female when they are mating.
6. Fact, most of the 5,000 species are found in remote, tropical areas.
7. Fact, a human eye only has one lens and sees better than a dragonfly, but only to the front and side of them.
8. Fact, most of the time spent is as a nymph in the water before the dragonfly’s metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly.
9. Myth – dragonflies don’t have pockets to carry the thread to the beds of sleeping wicked children.
10. Fact – other names for dragonflies around the world are water dipper in England, old glassy in China, and the ancient Celts called dragonflies big needle of wings.