The word dragonfly is also sometimes used to refer to all Odonata.
Dragonfly eyes typically occupy much of the animal's head, touching (or nearly touching) each other across the face, with notable exceptions to this being in the Petaluridae (Petaltails) and the Gomphidae (Clubtails).
The term o?k?rasvar?pa ("Aum is his form") in connection with Ganesha refers to the belief that he alone is the personification of the primal sound.
The dragonfly mistakes the pebbles for prey, gets tangled in the hair, and is dragged to the ground by the weight (Mitchell and Lasswell, 2005, p. 38).
Another Swedish legend holds that trolls use the dragonflies as spindles when weaving their clothes (hence the Swedish word for dragonfly trollslдnda, lit.
The artificial grouping Anisozygoptera was disbanded, its members being recognized as largely extinct offshoots at various stages of dragonfly evolution.
The oldest known species of dragonfly is the 320 million year old Delitzschala bitterfeldensis.
A Romanian folk tale says that the dragonfly was once a horse possessed by the devil, and Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people's souls (Mitchell and Lasswell 2005).
Adult dragonflies mostly eat other flying insects, particularly midges and mosquitoes. They also will take butterflies, moths and smaller dragonflies. The larvae, which live in water, eat almost any living thing smaller than themselves. Larger dragonfly larvae sometimes eat small fish or fry.
Dragonflies are flying insects of the order Odonata. ... Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. They are predators which eat mosquitoes, and other small insects such as flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. Their larvae, known as 'nymphs', are aquatic.