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Cool Facts about Dragonflys


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• the scientific name "odonata" is a remnant of a classification system developed by Johann Christian Fabricius, an 18th century entomologist
• he used mouthparts rather than wing characteristics to classify dragonflies
• odonata means "tooth-jawed" and refers to maxillae and labial palp (lower jaw) of the nymph
• dragonflies have a top flight speed of up to 100 km/h
• each dragonfly eye contains up to 30,000 lenses
• the eyes' position on the dragonfly gives the insect a 360 degree field of vision
• although 80% of the brain is devoted to sight dragonflies are not able to register detail well
• the oldest fossilized record of a dragonfly is from the Carboniferous Period, over 300 million years ago
• the Nootka word for dragonfly translates as "clacking stick," the name given to cedar tongs used to remove coals from the fire
• at least 80 species of dragonflies have been recorded in British Columbia

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By Ashley M. Randall

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