Dragonflies (Anisoptera) are insects that have long bodies, transparent wings, and large eyes. There are over 5,000 species of dragonfly. Dragonflies begin their life in water, and because of their brief lifespan, about a month, you will usually see them near water. Their huge eyes help them hunt for bugs. Because dragonflies are insects they have 6 legs, a thorax, a head, and an abdomen. The abdomen is long and segmented. Despite having 6 legs, the dragonfly doesn’t walk very well. It is a great flyer, however. Dragonflies can hover in one place, fly extremely fast, and even fly backwards. They are some of the fastest flying insects in the world reaching speeds of over 30 miles per hour. Dragonflies come in a variety of colors including blue, green, yellow, and red. They are some of the most colorful insects on the planet. They also come in a range of sizes from half an inch long to over 5 inches long. Want to learn more about Dragonflies or other native South Texas fauna? Join us for our one-of-a-kind outdoor Sculpture Trail Tour on Thursdays at 10am and develop an appreciation for the vast variety of creatures that call our region home. Each sculpture provides insight into the natural history of the Rio Grande Valley. At each turn of a trail, there’s a new creature to discover.
Sculpture Trail Tour – Thursdays at 10am
FEE: Free with general admission.
For groups of 10 or more, please call to reserve a private tour.
Call us at 956-681-3370 for more information.