Dragonflies (Anisoptera) with colorful iridescent bodies, multifaceted eyes, and transparent wings, have been abundant around the village lately. They are quick, agile fliers, and formidable predators, swallowing up many types of insects, including mosquitoes. The specimen below was rescued after it fell into the water, and was unable to fly. It perched on Lou's finger drying its wings, then crawled onto a tree branch before flying off.
Garber explains in her book Ocracoke Wild, "300 million years ago giant dragonflies with wingspans
approaching three feet hovered over swamps and bogs, the largest flying
insects of all time."
Ocracokers welcome dragonflies (called "skeeter hawks" on the island) every summer. They thrive in the vicinity of wetlands and are a sign of a healthy environment.
Our latest Ocracoke Newletter is the story of Augustus Cabarrus, early
inlet pilot, and the present day d'Oelsnitz family. Click here to read
the Newsletter: Ocracoke...The French Connection.