Summer Nature Study: Dragonflies

Last week, we were lolling around in the morning when I looked outside and saw fifty dragonflies hanging out on our porch.  Literally.
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Everyone hurried out to see them.  Another hundred or so were roused out of the plum tree when O walked toward it.  They flew around– too big to be annoying– and parked periodically on the wires.
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One of the kids ran inside to get the bug book, where we learned that dragonflies live only 2-3 weeks; lay their eggs under water; catch and eat flies in mid-air (hooray!!); and that their wings make figure-eights.  Not bad for a summer morning.

Sadly, they’re mostly gone now, and the flies are a-comin’.  But it was great while it lasted!

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6 thoughts on “Summer Nature Study: Dragonflies

  1. WOW! That is so cool! We have noticed a lot more dragon flies this year too, but NOTHING like this! SO cool! And I didn’t know they ate flies – Hooray!!!

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