One of the activities the girls got to do was dip a net into the wetland and see what kind of creatures they pick up. I love doing this stuff. I may not touch most creatures, but this, I will find in the bottom scum of the wetlands and be amazed at what lurks below. Today, we learned some fascinating facts about dragonflies.
1. Dragonflies are good for our environment. They mostly eat mosquitoes but will also eat other insects such as bees, butterflies, bloodworms and even small fish.
2. Dragonflies are not born with wings. They actually hatch from larvae and live in the water until they complete metamorphosis with wings. They emerge above water and wait for their wings to dry, then off they go.
|both pictures are of dragonfly nymphs. The left is much younger than the one on the right.|
3. Males have 2 tiny hooks on their rear end. They use them to hook onto a female to mate.
4. The female will lay her eggs near the water and that's where the dragonfly nymphs spend most of their lives.
5. Dragonflies only live for about 2 months as winged insects.
7. Dragonflies will shed their outer shell as they grow, much like cicadas.
8. The largest dragonfly fossil ever found showed a wingspan of 3 feet wide. That's the largest insect our planet has ever seen.
9. Dragonflies are harmless to humans. They are curious but won't bite or sting.
10. Dragonflies have 30,000 lenses in each eye and can see in a 360 degree radius.
11. There are currently about 5,000 species of dragonflies.
12. Dragonflies have double wings. One for maneuverability and the other set to actually fly.