By Linda Glaser
A dragonfly lays her seize of eggs and the lifestyles cycle of dragonflies has all started. 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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They are: Common Pondhawk Twelve-spotted Skimmer male female Twelve-spotted Skimmer Common Pondhawk male female Common Sanddragon How many types of dragonflies are there? There are more than 2,500 different species of dragonflies around the world. How long have dragonflies lived on Earth? Fossils show that dragonflies have lived on Earth for about 300 million years. That means they were here about 100 million years before dinosaurs! Dragonflies have survived longer than any other flying insects.
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. Birds eat adult dragonflies. And large dragonflies eat smaller ones. Where are dragonflies found? Dragonflies are found all over the world in ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, and other wetlands.
Although most dragonflies are not endangered, some of their habitats are becoming polluted. And many wetlands have been drained for development. Like all animals, dragonflies need plenty of clean, safe habitats in order to survive. Where dragonflies are plentiful, it indicates that the nearby water is clean. Hopefully, dragonflies will continue to brighten our planet for another 300 million years. htm. THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK Watch a dragonfly nymph grow as she sheds her skin— again and again.