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  1. #1
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    Default bless the dragonflies

    Lately when I go out to feed in the evening the deer flies are attacking and driving me and the horses crazy. I usually arm myself with fly spray, doesn't help much, and spritz the horses while they huddle in the run in shelters for some sort of relief. Last night I didn't see as many deer flies but, the sky was filled with dragon flies. I thought to myself are dragon flies deer fly predators? So I googled and "YES " they are. So bless the dragonflies.



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    And they are beautiful too! Love them. HATE their prey!



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    Even my big B52 horseflies are askeert of the dragonflies!

    I mentioned this to DH, because I was amazed that something so slender and slight could run off a big burly horsefly.

    DH spent his childhood on this farm.

    He informed me that dragonflies can bite the fool out of you.

    Who knew?



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    They are beautiful and we have SO many different sizes and colors here!

    They're so curious, they buzz all around anything new in the yard, including any human who passes through.

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    We have been thick with dragonflies here in FL, all different colors and a couple of sizes. Dragonfly larvae eat mosquito larvae if I recall correctly.

    I did not know they bite. They land on me all the time, never been bitten by one.
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    So, would it be good luck or bad luck that I found a dead dragonfly on my dashboard of my car?



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    bad luck for the dragonfly....
    Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
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    I love my dragonflies, it breaks my heart to see one floating in the pool on the rare occasion that I do. They might be the main reason that I have conciderably less bugs here on my FL farm than we did up in CT.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams



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    Is there any way to attract dragonflies?



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    The larvae are freaky looking as all get out, and are aquatic. The adults catch their prey by flying round and using their legs as a basket.
    I noticed a ton of them this evening on my drive to the barn, and they were huge!
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    I've seen more dragonflies this summer than I have since I was a kid!

    I think they are so cool...I hate bugs, but I can tolerate them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MHM View Post
    Is there any way to attract dragonflies?

    in my experience they like to lay there eggs where the water is deep -- at least 3 feet or more
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyGiantPony View Post
    I've seen more dragonflies this summer than I have since I was a kid!

    I think they are so cool...I hate bugs, but I can tolerate them.

    We have lots this year also and relatively few deer and horse flies. If they are responsible for that I thank them.
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    I love dragonflies... have three of them tattooed on my arm. (: Ironically, I also have deerfly bites in between all of them...



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    Quote Originally Posted by MyGiantPony View Post
    I've seen more dragonflies this summer than I have since I was a kid!
    I've seen more dragonflies here than I ever have -- I've lived in this area most of my 40+ years and don't remember ever seeing the air thick with them like it has been lately. I wonder if the wet spring we had here, which made our mosquito population boom also caused the increase in dragonflies. Also seeing lots of butterflies and way more hummingbirds than we usually get.



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    Interesting information. We have tons of dragonflies at my barn, like I've never seen. I wonder why there are more this season?



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    Many many dragonflies here too, and I've never seen them here before. Three are at least 20-30 swarming around my barn door every morning. I sure that's a good thing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Amwrider View Post
    I did not know they bite. They land on me all the time, never been bitten by one.
    I know, right? I asked DH how, exactly, he discovered they bite. Apparently, small boys have a tendency to trap things and aggravate them past all endurance.



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    We have had the WORST horseflies this year than ever before. And earlier in the summer than before also. They are huge, 1 1/2" and very mean. Every time my horses would go out to munch on the grass, it wouldn't be long until they were hightailing it back to the cover of the barn with one of those evil things chasing them.

    I was looking into how to make some kind of trap for the horseflies. One evening a couple of weeks ago as I turned onto our road I could see all these lovely winged creatures in the sunny part of the field I was passing, thousands of them. When I got closer, I could see that they were dragonflies.

    Three days later, no horseflies and none have been seen since.

    Yes, bless the Dragonflies.
    Last edited by li'l bit; Sep. 2, 2010 at 04:11 PM.



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    We've had a ton of dragonflies lately--and far fewer deerflies and horseflies. Makes me especially happy since I love dragonflies--I have three tattooed on my arm. (:



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