Enormous dragonflies used to live in swamps millions of years ago in the Jurassic period. Their fossils have been found in many places in Europe that tell us of their vast size.
Dinosaurs were born to the earth and died out from it, plants and birds and vast continents were born, and still the giant dragonfly didn’t die out.
Although it is no longer as widely spread as it once was, the Giant Dragonfly still remains apart of the fauna of the world today, a remnant of ancient days.
Several species still survive, three in Australia, one in Japan, two in North America.
The Australian species inhabit the rainforests of the north, near Queensland and near Perth in swampy areas.
With a wing-span of about 5 inches, and a large thick body that can be as fat as a thumb, this dragonfly weighs more than some birds.
This is indeed a very unique dragonfly, even if it were not so large.
The adults of this type are not good fliers, probably due to the excessive weight of them, however, not necessarily so.
A night they roost in trees, rather like a large flightless turkey might do, and by day they will perch on vegetation or hang from branches to feed.
They do fly upward to grab a meal, and once in a while fly the breadth of their territory, or fly to mate.
Other than this they remain largely ground bound, or tree bound as it were.
The larvae which come of the matings are extremely long living and are very slow to grow and mature.
At night and during rainy weather they will eat at the surface, but the rest of the time they go back to a burrow where they live, a long passage that has its opening above the water. They float on the top to gather food and then return to the burrow again.
These dragonflies will also last ten years as adult dragonflies, but when you add the larval stage they may have a lifespan of well over twenty years.
today at 230pm i saw one of thim dragon flys and omg it wus soo big it wus right in my yard here in harrison michgian
im from bay area california and i seen one the other night next to the porch light it was making the loudest noise and when i seen what it was i about died.it was sooooo dam big!! i put off looking it up on the net because i just couldnt belive what i saw. but now i belive i did see that monster for real!!!
i never seen a big dragonfly but i would love to.
dragonflies like this shouldnt be on the planet at all they are scary
I really enjoy the facts about the giant dragonfly I didnt know their life spand was so long, intresting!
Hi there, we just saw one last night. (5/29/09) in our home in central Phoenix, Arizona I was sleping when my wife started yelling about something really big flying inside our kitchen. She had the patio door open and she had the bright lights of the kitchen on. We captured it (dragonfly unhurt) and we release it in the backyard. We have never seen anything like it. It was huge and the body was as thick as my wife’s index finger. The wingspan about 8 inches. Beautiful
I killed a giant dragonfly before I knew what it was, I feel bad but it was
Incredible over 12 inches long easily and so heavy and strong, and a lot
scary because it was so large and it whipped its abdomen around and sprayed fluid from it.