Time to pay homage to dragonflies – and their cousins, the
damselflies (order Odonata). These double-winged creatures are
fantastic skeeter eaters. They just devour all sorts of pesky insects,
like mosquitos, ants, flies, gnats and termites. If you don’t already
have these flying friends zipping around your yard, you might want to
start attracting them to your garden. The colorful little guys are fun
to watch...big red ones, little blue ones and iridescent green pond
lovers. Dragonflies can fly forward at about 100 body lengths per
second and backwards at about three body lengths per second; and they
can hover in the air for about a minute.
Water is essential for dragonflies, but size of the source
doesn’t matter. If you don’t have an in-ground pond, consider making a
water garden in a large container, like a half wine barrel.
That’s enough to bring dragons and damsels to your garden.
A mini water garden is an easy project to tackle in hot weather
and it will really pay off.