Lesson 05 – Dragonflies

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Read About Dragonflies


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A dragonfly is a brightly coloured insect with four wings and a long, narrow body.

A mosquito is an insect that bites animals and people, leaving itchy bumps.

A nymph is a baby dragonfly that comes out of an egg and lives in the water.

To shed means to take off, or let fall off.

The stem carries nutrients and water from the roots to the rest of the plant and holds up the plant.


What Do Dragonflies Look Like?

A dragonfly has a long body and big wings. Many dragonflies have wings that you can see through. Dragonflies can be different colours.

What Do Dragonflies Eat?

Mosquitoes and flies are two insects that dragonflies eat. Sometimes, a large dragonfly will eat a smaller dragonfly.

How Do Dragonflies Hunt?

Dragonflies use their large eyes to find an insect to eat. They make a basket shape with their legs and trap the insect inside. Next, they bite the insect so it does not get away. Then they find a place to eat it.

How Do Dragonflies Grow?

An adult dragonfly lays eggs in water where plants grow. The baby that comes out of each egg is called a nymph (say it like this: nimf). The nymph does not have wings. It lives in the water.

When the nymph is big enough, it crawls up the stem of a plant to get out of the water. Then the nymph sheds its skin. An adult dragonfly with wings comes out of the old skin.

To learn more about dragonflies, watch the video by SciShow Kids on Youtube.

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