They sit on all kinds of surfaces. Their amazing eyes allow them to see 360 degrees in every direction.
Then they serve us by eating mosquitoes all summer long. They provide excellent natural pest control.
Like small helicopters, they can fly up, down, forward and backward. They usually dart and swoop gracefully. They love to stand on stems and sticks.
I would love to capture a picture of them in flight, but they are fast, and it is difficult to follow them with a camera.
By Alfred Lord Tennyson
Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.