What Is It?

By MDC | July 1, 2023
From Xplor: July/August 2023
  • Despite my ferocious name,
  • I really don’t breathe out flames.
  • But I’m feared in the skies just the same.
  • ’Cause my vision puts most things to shame.


Dragonflies, like this female blue dasher, are some of the deadliest hunters on Earth. Biologists believe they catch nine out of 10 of the flying insects they chase. Their huge eyes are the secret to their success. Each eye contains up to 30,000 lenses that help the hunter spot prey in nearly all directions at once. Dragonflies can’t sting, and they pose no danger to anything bigger than a bug. Look for them patrolling ponds, streams, and wetlands all summer long.

This Issue's Staff

Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber