Dragonflies swoop into Victoria; expert says insects here to hunt

Aug. 17, 2013 at 3:17 a.m.
Updated Aug. 18, 2013 at 3:18 a.m.

For the booming mosquito population, Mother Nature has summoned an answer: a bigger insect - the dragonfly.

Ellie Chapa, of Victoria, and other St. Joseph High School football moms saw a swarm of dragonflies early Saturday morning at the O'Connor Sports Complex.

"They were meant for us to see, and then they left," Chapa said. "It warmed my heart."

While selling concessions at the scrimmage against Bloomington, more than 20 dragonflies swooped and circled the area.

"It was a beautiful sight," Chapa said. "I'd never seen so many in my life."

Paul Meredith, Texas master naturalist and gardener, said the swarm of dragonflies most likely resulted from a bloom of mosquitos or other insects.

They were hunting, he said.

Meredith has witnessed such an acrobatic display by dragonflies in the past. Against the sunshine, he could see the cloud of gnats that attracted them.

"It's good to see," Meredith said. "They knock down the insect population - mosquitos, gnats, flies."



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