by C.H. Kennedy
The reason why dragonflies live where there is water is because they lay their eggs in the water, like for instance on a reed or some other plant that grows up out of the water. Then when the eggs hatch out, the baby dragonflies are called nymphs. They spend most of their lives being nymphs, and they eat stuff like mosquito larvae, tadpoles, and small fish. They have gills in their rectums, and they get around by shooting water out through the anus. This sounds kind of gross, but I'm just telling you what I read.
|Dragonfly emerging from nymph stage|
The things that adult dragonflies eat include mosquitoes, flies, bees, ants, wasps, and sometimes butterflies. The things that like to eat dragonflies are birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish, water bugs, and larger dragonflies.
When dragonflies are at rest, they hold their wings straight out to the sides. You can tell the difference between them and their cousins, the damselflies, because damselflies hold their wings up when they are sitting still, instead of out to the sides.
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by André Karwath