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Handfeeding a Dragonfly: VIDEO


Writes the video uploader: "Noelia found this injured dragonfly on the riverbank of the Willamette. After a few unsuccessful attempts at feeding it, she found one that worked."

If this will help reduce the mosquito population, I'm all for it.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. usually bugs gross me out but that was kind of cute in a way

    Posted by: Lucas | Jul 17, 2012 2:03:54 PM

  2. Wow. Seeing the world on a whole different scale always amazes me.
    Thanks for that.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 17, 2012 2:07:32 PM

  3. That was wonderful!!! Thanks for the smile... ,

    Posted by: Dr. C | Jul 17, 2012 2:26:39 PM

  4. That is super cool!

    Posted by: Bakeley | Jul 17, 2012 2:28:59 PM

  5. I know they dont hurt ya - but they give me the creeps

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 17, 2012 2:35:01 PM

  6. well most bugs do that to me

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 17, 2012 2:35:13 PM

  7. OMG, you can actually SEE the gratitude on the dragonfly's face! I cried and cried and cried. This video gives me hope for humanity. Dragonflies are people, too! Dragonfly rights now! I suspect next we will have PETA targeting Orkin for the unconscionable ant and termite genocide over the years. Gimme a break. It's a bug. Nothing more. Go volunteer at a no-kill shelter and do some good for animals who deserve a second chance.

    Posted by: Jeff In Boston | Jul 17, 2012 2:39:57 PM

  8. Sorry, I was rooting for the ants.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 17, 2012 2:43:17 PM

  9. Next time make a video of the same dragonfly taking a sh*t LOL

    Posted by: David | Jul 17, 2012 2:48:57 PM

  10. That was really awesome... Thanks!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 17, 2012 2:53:10 PM

  11. I actually think it is very sweet that someone took the time to save and feed this dragonfly. Sure, it's not a dog or cat, but viewing acts of kindness like this so refreshing. It' really quite nice to see.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jul 17, 2012 2:56:38 PM

  12. That's great until you look at it from the ants point of view...being fed into that grinding maw while still alive!!!!

    Posted by: Greg | Jul 17, 2012 3:02:29 PM

  13. That's the circle of life, ant lovers. Dragonflies eat pests and ants are pests.

    Now, about those nails....

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 17, 2012 3:50:14 PM

  14. Aaaaawwwww, its so cuuuute x3

    Posted by: Wolf Sawyer | Jul 17, 2012 3:53:43 PM

  15. It looks like a lot of work.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 17, 2012 4:07:33 PM

  16. now imagine that with a 2ft wingspan - yikes

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 17, 2012 4:23:16 PM

  17. It's all about helping those who can't help themselves.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 17, 2012 6:27:55 PM

  18. Amazing photography and yeah the bug was kind of cute.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 17, 2012 6:28:12 PM

  19. Ewww, gross!...those white fingernails!

    Posted by: DALI | Jul 17, 2012 6:49:01 PM

  20. The dragonfly actually looked happy to be fed.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 17, 2012 11:06:08 PM

  21. As an entomologist, this gladdens my heart (even though the comments incorrectly identify the Dragonfly (Oodonata) as a Bug (Hemiptera) :)

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Jul 18, 2012 3:30:40 AM

  22. Nice but...dragonflies are not designed to eat ants. Ants can only be eaten by specific species that can handle the formic acid. Sure, he was eating, but since they're not a natural prey, that may not go as planned. It could make him sick. Or kill him. Catch small flies with a net, pull their wings off and feed those. Just about anything but ants would be better for him.

    Posted by: ned | Jul 18, 2012 8:51:32 AM

  23. Dragonflies are great as when you live in the Canadian Prairie provinces they will follow you because they know mosquitos will try to attack you. Thanks for saving this one and posting this video! It looked very grateful and almost "domesticated" LOL.

    Posted by: Darrell | Jul 18, 2012 10:20:23 AM

  24. @NED I Googled "what do dragonflies eat" and this paragraph was inside the top link:

    "Adult dragonflies eat just about anything that is edible and can be caught. They are a treasure for humanity because they keep mosquito populations under strict control by feasting on them when they are in abundance. Similarly, they also feed on ants, termites, butterflies, gnats, bees and other insects and tend to hunt in groups when large colonies of ants or termites are spotted."

    Also, an entomologist posted right above you and he made no such mention that dragonflies do not eat ants.

    What this girl did was great. I hope the dragonfly was able to heal and fly again.

    Posted by: James | Jul 18, 2012 7:43:47 PM

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