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What do dragonflies eat and drink?


What do dragonflies eat and drink?


Dragonflies have an adult version and a juvenile (larval )version called a naiad. Naiads can be found in vegetation in ponds. They eat other invertebrate lavae. They go through several molting stages before reaching adulthood. Do dragonflies drink? Adults get much of the water they need from the food they eat, but will drink from water surfaces or droplets of dew. Dragonflies are aerial hunters that catch and eat other flying insects. Small prey can be caught directly in their jaws or they can use their spiny legs like a basket to snare insects. When larger prey is caught, dragonflies usually perch somewhere to eat it, but smaller prey can be eaten in flight. Dragonflies are opportunistic hunters and will take whatever prey is available, but each species hunts in its own way. Some, like many Darners (Aeshnidae), spend much of each day flying, searching for food. Others spend more time perched, waiting for prey to fly by.

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