Fw: "do dragonflies bite?"

Nick Donnelly tdonnel@binghamton.edu
Tue, 25 Jan 2000 15:24:28 -0500

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So many people have heard this that I hesitate to repeat it.

I was wading in a river and felt a very sharp sting on the back of my
thigh.  A Basiaeschna janata female was trying to lay eggs in my leg.  I
shooed it away and have no idea if it got an egg in.  It hurt a lot, and I
think that the "stinging" legend might have started this way.

I have also had a female Coryphaeschna viriditas "sting" me in the palm of
my hand very sharply when I was handling her.

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