There are more than 5,000 species. They can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour). Dragonflies typically have six legs (but walk poorly), and prefer to fly, since they have a double-set of wings. Generally, I get a glimpse, and as soon as I start to appreciate their unique beauty, they are off, darting to another part of the universe.
I was inspired to make this dragonfly snowglobe after meeting someone who seemed to be flying everywhere at once. I do not claim this artistic adaptation is scientifically correct, but it made me smile when it was finished. The dragonfly is mounted on a coiled wire spring, so it bounces slightly, like an insect holding on to a reed in the marsh on a windy day.