an amazing insect

The dragonfly is an insect with an elongated body, transparent wings and bulging eyes. There are about 5,000 species of dragonflies in the world, of which 163 are on the endangered species list.

This flying insect is recognized for its speed of flight and variety of metallic colors, usually blue, green or yellow. Dragonflies have been around for a long time, their origins going back more than 300 years.

Fun facts

  • Dragonflies have 2 pairs of wings. The front wings move separately from the rear wings, allowing them to fly forwards and backwards.
  • To hunt, the dragonfly flies and catches insects with its legs or remains floating in the water waiting for its prey.
  • Dragonflies contribute enormously to the ecosystem as they eat flies and mosquitoes, which are carriers of diseases that affect both humans and animals.
  • Dragonflies hatch from eggs that females lay in water, the eggs hatch into nymphs which feed on larvae and mosquitoes in the water. The nymphs live in the water from 1 to 5 years depending on the size. Once they become adults, they come out of the water and begin to fly, living from 1 to 5 months depending on their size.