The Everglades

Dragonfly

Dragonflies are fierce hunters and the skim over the water of streams and ponds in search of prey.

When a female is ready to mate there are eggs already in her body. As she flies, a male dragonfly comes to join her. Still flying, the two of them cling together and mate in the air. The female then goes down to the surface of a pond and hovers beside a stem growing there. The female dips her abdomen into the water and pushes her egges into the stem of the plant. There they will be protected until they are ready to hatch. Soon a little nymph will hatch.

The Dragonfly lives in the Slough habitat.

Interested in dragonflys? Here are some dragonfly links!

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