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Dragonfly


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Dragonfly over a jungle stream in Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman
Dragonfly, Kabil-Sepilok Forest Reserve
Kabil-Sepilok Forest Reserve
Dragonfly, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Dragonfly, Kabil-Sepilok Forest Reserve
The dragonfly is large predatory insect generally found around watery areas in both the North and South Hemispheres. The dragonfly is very similar to a damselfly but the wings on the adults are considerably different.

The dragonfly is found hovering near lakes and swamps as the dragonfly larvae (the nymph/baby) is aquatic. The dragonfly nymph is capable of producing a painful bite for humans, where the adult dragonfly poses no threat.

The dragonfly is best known for its beautiful colours and the way it's body and wings sparkle when the dragonfly is flying around the water.

Dragonflies have long, thin and generally colourful bodies, large eyes and two pairs of transparent wings. As with other species of insect, the dragonfly also has six legs but it is unable to walk on solid ground. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions which are upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.

Both the dragonfly and it's larvae are carnivorous animals and they feed exclusively on other small animals. The main prey of the dragonfly are mosquitoes, flies, bees and other small invertebrates. The dragonfly larvae feeds mainly on aquatic insects and their eggs.

The dragonfly is preyed upon by a number of predators around the world including birds, fish and reptiles such as lizards. The dragonfly is also commonly eaten by amphibians such as toads, frogs and large newts.

Female dragonflies lay their eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. The dragonfly eggs then hatch into nymphs. which is how most of the dragonfly's life is spent. The dragonfly nymphs live beneath the water's surface, using extendible jaws to catch other invertebrates or even vertebrates such as tadpoles and fish.

The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. Exposure to air causes the larva to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies.


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Dragonfly Translations

Danish Dansk
Guldsmed
 
English English
Dragonfly
 
Spanish Español
Libélula
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Libelo
 
Finnish Suomi
Erilaissiipiset
 
French Français
Libellule
 
Hungarian Magyar
Egyenlőtlen szárnyú szitakötők
 
Japanese 日本語
トンボ亜目
 
Dutch Nederlands
Echte libellen
 
Polish Polski
Ważki różnoskrzydłe
 
Portuguese Português
Libelinha
 
Slovenian Slovenščina
Raznokrili kačji pastirji
 
Swedish Svenska
Egentliga trollsländor
 
Chinese 中文
蜻蜓
 

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Dragonfly Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Arthropoda
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Insecta
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Odonata
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Anisoptera
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species...
Dragonfly
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Anisoptera
Found:Worldwide
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2.4-10cm (1-4in)
Number of Species:
The total number of recorded species...
5,000
Average Lifespan:6 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Yellow, Black, Orange, Red, White. Brown, Blue
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hair
Favourite Food:Mosquitoes
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Wetlands and close to water
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
60
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Mosquitoes, Fly, Bee
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Birds, Fish, Lizards
Special Features:Long body shape and large, transparent wings

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