Episode #397 | Original Air Date: September 7, 2021
Dragonflies are beneficial insects that have been around for more than 300 million years. Their favorite foods include mosquitoes, so their presence is a good sign!
Dragonflies can fly at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Huge compound eyes help them see their prey, which they catch in mid-air. Dragonflies do not sting or bite people.
Dragonflies tend to live in areas near wetlands, ponds, or rivers and lay their eggs in mud or water. The newly hatched dragonflies, called nymphs, are wingless and live underwater for up to two years.
Try using a garden pond to attract dragonflies to your landscape and protect them by not using pesticides.
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