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.
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
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!
Any time someone talks about their horse in a bar, there's love in the room.
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.
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.