Darners, Damselflies...all are varieties of the Dragonfly. The
one shown here is a Green Darner - one of the fastest
and biggest dragonflies. We also call dragonflies "Skeeter-Eaters" for
the vast quantity of mosquitos they eat. This eating
habit makes them well loved by folk who live in Florida.
They also eat Mud Daubbers,
which surprises many people, but I have seen it happen,
so I know it's true.
are everywhere in the marsh. Sometimes they will fly
along near the boat - larger species can fly at 25 - 30
mph, which is faster than my little boat will go! The Darners
seem to be more sociable than the skimmers and will often
land on us and get a free ride for a while.
you will see a stand of reeds with a dragonfly sitting on
the tip of each reed, swaying in the breeze.