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Dragon Fly Fascination and Migration

As an avid fly fisher, particularly stillwaters, I have this frequently expressed fascination with Dragon Flies and Damsels….but, especially the Dragon. Probably it is the same for you, but these airborne critters alight upon my rod on a frequent basis. Mating in a sizzle-dizzle manner they land on my vessel like I am some dark alley outside of a bar (I made that up and am not sure where it came from). Dragon Flies are positive karma to me, even if not to their unfortunate prey.

I love fishing the ‘nymph’ or larva pattern and attempt to visualize it as a predatory killer, something the predatory Trout rarely fails to smack. So, I found a few interesting tidbits about adult dragons: did you know they (some of them) migrate South? Never considered that an option. They have been known to attack Hummingbirds! All this from these friendly visitors. Maybe I should be more concerned by these creatures:

“During all stages of their lives, dragonflies are fearsome and efficient hunters. If dragonfly larvae were eight to sixteen inches long, as they probably were 300 million years ago, we would dare not swim in fresh water for fear of being attacked.” (XX)

Applying Tracking Device (Christian Ziegler Photo)


5 Responses to “Dragon Fly Fascination and Migration”


  1. June 28, 2017 at 08:30

    Would you be willing to share contact info for Christian Ziegler? I’m interested in seeking permission to use the image of the dragonfly for a publication.

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  2. October 8, 2012 at 08:56

    All in all a brilliant blog with something of interest in each post,
    Thanks .John K McGregor aka bibio55

    Like


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