Dragon of the Air
Dragonflies are among the most striking animals in the insect kingdom. Frequently found patrolling the banks of ponds and lakes, dragonflies are astonishingly beautiful creatures and, aside from seeing them in their natural element, high-end photography is the only way to get a true sense of their charms since the colors of specimens rapidly fade after death.
The body plan of the dragonfly is among the most successful of any animal on the planet, having survived for hundreds of millions of years with relatively little change. Along with grasshoppers, cockroaches and crickets, dragonflies have been on the planet since long before the dinosaurs. Fossil evidence tells us that some of the ancestors of this creature were the size of crows, measuring two feet from wing tip to wing tip.