Creature Feature: Blue Dasher

By MDC | May 1, 2022
From Xplor: May/June 2022

Buzz Off!

Each wing can move separately from the others, which allows a dragonfly to hover like a helicopter, zip forward and backward, make hairpin turns, and stop in an instant.

Lethal Legs

Dragonflies catch up to 95 percent of the prey they chase. What they don’t catch with their mouths, they trap in a basket formed by their spiky legs.

Muscle Motor

About half of a dragonfly’s weight is made up of strong muscles that power its wings. Dragonflies can carry twice their weight while flying.

Mighty Sighty

Two huge, compound eyes are each covered with 10,000 to 30,000 “mini eyes.” They help a dragonfly see in nearly all directions at once.

Ferocious Feeder

Toothed jaws catch, crunch, and munch mosquitoes, flies, and other small insects.

Also In This Issue

Timber Rattlesnak

Humans have five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. But our senses are pretty puny compared to some wild critters.


Wild animals don’t go to high school, of course. And they definitely don’t have yearbooks. But what if they did? With the end of the school year on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to imagine who might be top of the class at Critter High.

This Issue's Staff

Artist - Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Laura Scheuler
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber