A dragonfly begins its life as a nymph and a nymph looks nothing like a full growndragonfly. A nymph hatches from an egg or otherwise known as larvae. As soon as adragonfly nymph hatches from its egg it craves for food. A dragonfly nymph will eat justabout anything that moves in the water where it lives. A dragonfly nymph will eat mosquitolarvae, aquatic insects, worms and even small aquatic vertebrates like tadpoles and smallfish. In order for a nymph to catch its prey it uses a built in jet propulsion system that ejectswater from their anal opening which makes it near impossible for prey to escape. A nymphwill occasionally leave its home in the water to hunt for food on the shore. A dragonflynymph is so hungry, and eats so much, that you would never hear of dragonfly going on adiet. A nymph will shed its skin 8-17 times before it becomes an adult. Once a Dragonflynymph is ready to morph into a full grown dragonfly it will crawl out of the water and shed itsskin for one last time. After a nymph changes into an adult dragonfly it still eats the prettymuch the same food but does indulge on many other insects that do not live in the water.
Adult dragonflies are rulers of their domain, they are not shy to show other insectswho the boss is. An adult dragonfly can eat up to its own body weight in just one day. Anadult dragonfly will eat bees, gnats, mayflies, flies, mosquitoes and other small flying insectsincluding butterflies and moths. An adult dragonfly uses its speed and basket shaped legs tocapture its prey. Adult dragonflies are very helpful to humans because they assist in keepingthe population of annoying mosquitoes and gnats to a minimum. An adult dragonfly can move as fast as 35 miles per hour and achieves this speedwhile only flapping its wings 30 times a minute. This is incredible; because mosquitoes flaptheir wings at 600 times per minute and an ordinary housefly flaps its wings at 1000 timesper minute; neither of which can outrun the grasp of a hungry dragonfly.
The dragonfly has inhabited the earth for over 300 million years and there are morethan 5000 species of dragonflies that exist today. Unfortunately each individual dragonfly canonly live from egg to adult for about 6 months. Surprisingly a dragonfly lives longer as anymph than it does as an adult. A dragonfly protects itself by means of camouflage, blending into its natural habitatand also by using its incredible speed to elude predators. The dragonfly’s natural enemies arebirds, spiders, frogs and not to mention the occasional children that like to put strange thingsinto their mouths.
DOWN IN THE POND I WAITED SO LONGREMINDING MYSELF THAT I WILL GROWAGAIN I SEE MY CIRCLE OF LIFEGROWING AND GROWING TO MY ADULT STAGEOPENING UP FROM MY COCOONNOW IT’S TIME FOR ME TO FLYFLY AWAY TO HIEGHTS SO HIGHLEAVING BEHIND MY WATERY HOMEYEARNING ONLY TO EAT SOME MORE
RIDDLEI am insect that can eat my body weight in a single day When I see Birds, Frogs and Spiders I fly away I am helpful to humans by eating nasty pests When it comes to flying I am the best Despite my name I cannot spit fire I spend my youth in a swampy mire WHAT AM I ?