Kingdom : Animalia
                       Class : Insecta
                    Family : Anisoptera
     Scientific Name : Anisoptera

                         Size : 2.4 - 10cm (1 - 4in)
Average Life Span : 6 years
                   Colour : Yellow, Black, Orange, 
                                    Red, White,
                                    Brown, Blue
             Skin Type : Hair
  Special Features : Long body shape and
                                 large, transparent wings
  1. Dragonflies are large predatory insects found all around the world.
  2. They mostly inhabit the wetlands and areas close to water.
  3. They are found near lakes and swamps as their larvae are aquatic.
  4. Their larvae are called nymphs and are known to produce a painful bite for humans.
  5. Dragonflies have two pairs of transparent wings and colorful bodies with large eyes.
  6. They are most famous for their beautiful colors and sparkling wings and body when flying around water.
  7. They look very similar to the damselfly but their wings on adults are quite different.
  8. Though they have six legs, they are not able to walk on ground.
  9. They are known to be able to propel themselves in air, in six directions.
  10. They are carnivores feeding on mosquitoes, flies, bees and other small invertebrates.
  11. The dragonfly larvae are also carnivorous, feeding on aquatic insects and their eggs.
  12. Their natural predators are birds, fish, reptiles, toads, frogs and large newts.
  13. The dragonflies lay their eggs on floating or emergent plants in or around water.
  14. The eggs hatch into nymphs, which stay under the water’s surface for most of their life.
  15. When the larva is ready for metamorphosing into an adult, it climbs on an emergent plant.
  16. The larva starts breathing on exposure to air and the skin splits at a weak point behind the head.
  17. The adult dragonfly then crawls out of the old larval skin and flies off.

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