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DRAGONFLIES (Anisoptera)



A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera.
It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body.
Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most
dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Even though dragonflies
possess 6 legs like any other insect, they are not capable of walking.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants and butterflies. They are
usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.

The text above is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and is licensed under the GFDL.

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