Today. Is a good day. 😍 😍 😍
It's been such a hectic summer that I've not raised that many butterflies this year, but that makes seeing these beautiful little guys hatch all the more rewarding. Knapweed fritillary caterpillars feed solely on the knapweed flower, making their habbit warm wildflower and brownfield meadows in southern UK and central Europe.
💙Blue Fronted Dancer💙
The order Odonata is comprised of two suborders; the Zygoptera or damselflies and the Anisoptera or dragonflies. Odonata means "toothed" referring to the chewing mandibles of these beneficial insects.
Dragonflies and damselflies, like cockroaches, are two of the oldest insect groups. During prehistoric times, they were as big as hawks. You can find Odonate fossils from Kansas to Siberia. These fascinating creatures had wingspans of almost 30 inches and were the largest insects to ever live. Currently, there are estimated to be more than 4,700 species of Odonata worldwide and Zygoptera accounts for one-third of them. Zygoptera is native to all regions of the world, except Antarctica.
Damselflies are extremely beautiful, beneficial predators because they help control populations of harmful insects. Adults consume large quantities of other insects such as flies, mosquitoes and moths and some eat beetles and caterpillars.
One way to conserve them is by avoiding indiscriminate use of pesticides. Damselflies are also a very important group of insects in stream and pond ecosystems. They are often used as an indicator of whether water is clean or polluted. The quality of the environment can be monitored by damselflies as their presence is strongly affected by different factors such as water flow, pollution and vegetation.
The destruction and alteration of freshwater habitats are the greatest threats to damselfly species worldwide. Without clean water damselflies are unable to breed. An alteration of habitats through climate change may also pose a threat to damselfly populations in the future.
Lastly, contrary to popular belief, adult damselflies do not bite or sting. .