Dazzling Dragonflies: A Life Cycle Story by Linda Glaser

By Linda Glaser

A dragonfly lays her snatch of eggs and the existence cycle of dragonflies has began. Watch because the little nymphs swap over the years into appealing adults who can go through the air like an acrobat.

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Do the nymphs turn into adult dragonflies alone or in groups? Usually, it’s in groups. It’s an amazing sight when perhaps hundreds or even thousands of dragonflies all emerge with their new glistening wings. How do dragonflies see? An adult dragonfly eye has about 30,000 lenses. This helps it to see in all directions and to notice the movement of a bug from far away. How fast can dragonflies fly? Some dragonflies can fly 30 miles (48 km) per hour. Their front and back wings work independently, which helps them switch directions very quickly.

Some scientists believe that dragonflies have survived until the present because they don’t depend on one certain body of water. They fly to new places to lay their eggs. This behavior causes them to spread out over a large area, which has helped them continue to survive. And they are excellent flying hunters. No other creature is better at hunting in the air. This is also important for survival. Were ancient dragonflies the same as dragonflies today? Prehistoric dragonflies were much bigger than dragonflies are today.

Their front and back wings work independently, which helps them switch directions very quickly. Do dragonflies hurt people? No. Dragonflies don’t have stingers. They are quite harmless to people. They actually help people by eating pesky insects, such as flies and mosquitoes. However, if you catch a dragonfly, it may bite in self-defense—just as any captured animal might. What animals eat dragonflies? Dragonflies are an important part of the food chain. Fish, birds, and insects eat dragonfly nymphs.

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