WHAT IS THE DRAGONFLY?
Most dragonflies are skinny, have
large wings and are brilliantly colored. Dragonflies
are the most skilled fliers in the insect world
they're also among the most ancient. The largest
of the ancient Dragonflies had a wingspan of 75
cm or 2 1/2 feet. Dragonflies have two life stages.
The first life stage is the aquatic life stage,
or larval form, and most of a dragonflies lifespan
is spent in this form.
As in its adult lifestage, the dragonfly is also
predatory in it's aquatic lifestage. It eats other
bugs and maybe an immature fish fry. But don't worry,
they won't bite humans their mouthparts are too
small. As a group, they are probably the most recognized
insects behind butterflies. For this reason dragonflies
are known by many common names, some of the more
interesting ones include: mosquito hawks, devils
darning needles, snake doctors, snake-tails, biddies,
club-tails, darners, skimmers and emeralds.