One of nature’s amazing dragonflies, Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea, male. A dragonfly is approximately 2 inches long with a wingspan of 2.5 inches and is able to fly at speeds up to 38mph. Compound eyes of up to 30,000 ommatidi can see ultraviolet light and more colors than any other member of the animal kingdom. The structure of the eyes allows them to estimate the speed and trajectory of prey.
Three pairs of legs are equipped with hooks to grasp prey and transport it. The little hairs on the back of the head and muscles in the neck enable the head to be locked in place when feeding or mating in flight. I’m in awe. #dragonfly#roseateskimmer#roseateskimmerdragonfly#orthemisferruginea