Dragonflies

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Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Animals
Grade:
1

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Dragonflies

Dragonflies come in a variety of colors including blue, green, yellow, and red. They also come in a range of sizes from half an inch long to over 5 inches long.

Dragonflies are insects that have long bodies, transparent (see through) wings, and large eyes. Althought dragonflies have 6 legs, they do not walk very well. However, they are excellent flyers.Dragonflies can hover in one place, fly extremely fast, and even fly backwards. They are some of the fastest flying insects in the world reaching speeds of over 30 miles per hour!

Predators that eat dragonflies include fish, ducks, birds, and water beetles

Dragonflies live all over the world in warm climates and near the water. Dragonflies like to eat mosquitoes and gnats. They are carnivores and eat all types of other insects too including cicadas, flies, and even other smaller dragonflies. To catch their prey, dragonflies create a basket with their legs. They then swoop in capturing their prey with their legs and biting it to hold it in place. They will often eat what they have caught while they are still flying. In order to see predators and their food dragonflies have large compound eyes. These eyes are made up of thousands of smaller eyes and allow the dragonfly to see in all directions.

Dragonflies


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