I was excited to find this dragonfly in the garden since they have been quite scarce in recent years. Loss of wetlands is a threat to the dragonfly population worldwide.
Dragonflies are interesting insects having evolved about 300 million years ago when they had a wingspan of up to 24 inches. Modern day dragonflies have much smaller wingspans but they are expert fliers and are able to fly in 6 different directions
Dragonflies are efficient hunters and a great asset for controlling the mosquito population as they can eat hundreds of mosquitoes a day. During the larval stage they are aquatic and can even eat fish and tadpoles.