Friday, August 21, 2009

Do Dragonflies Bite?

Posted by Kirk
Do dragonflies bite? Ask the people standing in this tent full of dragonflies.

The answer is no (unless you are another insect they are eating for lunch.) They do have sharp hooks on their legs and a small poke might feel like a bite to some people if a dragonfly lands on your sensitive arm skin. At work we just had our summer camp open house where we invited all the families of campers out to see what the kids did. This year, we added something new. We had a Dragonfly Tent.

This is a bit of a spin-off of the butterfly tents you find around these days where people can get an up-close and personal experience with butterflies. We took a simple picnic tent and filled it with mostly large darner dragonflies we caught just before the event.

If you decide to try out a dragonfly tent for yourself keep in mind that they cannot be kept in the tent very long. They will need to eat eventually but keeping them hydrated is a more immediate concern. They need to be sprayed with a spray bottle of water so they can lick the water off their faces and stay hydrated. huge dragonflies like this darner are incredible to see up close and they will sit right on you hand. This is a memorable experience for all.