Dragonflies can live 5-6 months and can consume thousands of insects including a love of the human-hated mosquito. They can fly forward, backward, sideways, upside-down. They can turn instantly and hover. The have been clocked at 60 mph. Their eyes perceive the same blue, green, red spectrums we see, but they can, with their 30,000 eye facets also see UV light and the polarization plane. They can see you flying toward or away from you with their 360 degree vision. With these visual and flight skills plus their ability to discern their prey's speed, angle of approach, distance, and flight direction, they can intercept them in mid-air rather than "chasing them down". The prey fly right into the dragonfly's mouth!!
What I like about these guys is their fascinating colors, textures, and fearful appearance. I can spend hours trying to photograph them in all their perch positions. For a list of 10 fascinating facts about Dragonflies go here See the pictures below of some of my favorite DRAGONS!!