Why a Dragonfly?

You have beautiful eyes...

You are probably wondering why there is a dragonfly on our bug spray instead of a mosquito or a tick; the dragonfly is not only my totem animal but the ultimate observer of the animal kingdom.

Whereas the human eye, trichromatic, depends on three opsins — light-sensitive proteins — that absorb red, green, and blue light wavelengths respectively, the eye of a dragonfly has up to thirty-thousand facets and thirty-three opsins allowing it to see colors we cannot even imagine, even ultraviolet light, for a 360 degree view of the world in ultra high-definition, multicolor.

This sense of vision makes the dragonfly the ultimate predator of the animal kingdom, catching more than ninety-five percent of its targeted prey; the great white has a success rate of near forty percent, the king of the jungle about twenty. With its superior vision, the dragonfly approaches from below to avoid detection, uses its visual sharpness and lightning-quick reflexes as it keeps its prey in sight wiith its eyes locked on its target while adjusting its flight based on the predicted movements of its prey — which includes mosquitoes, flies, bees, ants, wasps, and even (sometimes) butterflies.

Our bug spray works 360 degrees to keep these pests at bay; except butterflies, we like butterflies.


Dragonfly photograph by Dr. Forrest Mitchell and Dr. James Lasswell from their book A Dazzle of Dragonflies (Texas A&M University Press, 2005)





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