Dragonfly On Blue
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From Small World Collection by artist Dawn Currie
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Striped dragonfly over water with a light texture
Dragonflies are most often found near water and usually remain within a few miles of the place where they hatched. As larva, they eat tadpoles or small fish. As an adult they will eat other small insects, primarily mosquitoes, and are considered useful for controlling the mosquito population.
Dragonflies can be any color and range in size by species from one to five inches. They go through three stages of development: egg, naiad (larval) and adult. The eggs are laid in water and typically hatch in two to three weeks. In the larval stage they are called a naiad. They live in the water and use internal gills to breathe. They can live in the water as a naiad for two to three years. When they are ready to become an adult, they crawl out of the water and shed their skin. As an adult, dragonflies can live for over a year if they migrate away from the cold.
A dragonfly needs warmth to fly and you will notice they will often land when the sun goes behind a cloud. There are 3,600 species of dragonflies in the world.
June 9th, 2013
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