What does a damselfly weigh?

WordPress Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

Common Blue Damselflies:

These little creatures are about the size of a needle you’d use to sew on a shirt button. I had no idea what they’d tip the scales at, so for this challenge I googled, “What does a damselfly weigh?”. Estimates varied between zero (!?) and 0.032 grams for a male and up to a hefty 0.046 grams for a female.

I also learned that they are between 28 and 36.6 mm long, with wingspans ranging from 17 to 22 mm.

And yet……..these beautiful tiny creatures can fly at 35 miles per hour! I’m no mathematician, but taking a ratio of a dragonfly’s weight to the speed it can travel and applying this to humans would probably mean that if I left home now I could probably run round the world and be back in time for breakfast. Perhaps.

Common Blue Damselfly

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