Dragonflies and Damselflies, Order Odonata
One of the most recognized of insects, the dragonflies have been around for millions of years. Those original dragonflies had wingspans up to 2 feet. Their larvae are aquatic and most adults are not found far from water. These insects are extremely beneficial and as a whole, consume literally tons of mosquitoes per day. Many birders, having filled out a large “life list,” have transferred to observing dragonflies and damselflies.