Photo: dragonhunter dragonfly

When we think of the top of the food chain, we think of fearless predators like the eagle that take what they want. The insect world has its own wolf, the dragonhunter.

This dragonfly is powerful and aggressive, and will even prey on other dragonflies hence its name. It hunts where it wants even snatching dinner right out of the air while in flight. 

Photos by Michael Iagoujinski

 

Growing up to 3.25 inches long, it is one of the largest dragonflies. You have to admire any predator that is so adaptable that it outsurvived its former roommate, the dinosaur.  

Those huge compound eyes possess thousands of single eyes, adapted to locating prey. Watch its majestic flight and you realize it knows who commands the air. But be careful. It may nip you, if you grab it. It has no fear.

 

Photo: dragonhunter dragonfly

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