Dragonfly larvae (nymphs) are aquatic, usually drab, with 6 legs, large eyes, and small wing buds on the back of the thorax. Gills are located inside the rectum (unlike those of damselflies, which extend from the hind end like 3 leaflike tails). They breathe by drawing water in and out of their hind end.
What is dragonfly larvae called?
While adult dragonflies always leave an indelible impression, very few people know or appreciate the larvae. Living hidden below the water surface, dragonfly larvae (also known as nymphs) remain unseen and mysterious. Let us now unveil their underwater secrets.
Where do you find dragonfly larvae?
Habitat. The dragonfly larvae are aquatic in nature, and are found under the water in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. They mostly prefer the areas where the water is still or slowly moving. They stick to the bottom parts of wood or rock submerged in the water.
What do dragonflies larvae eat?
All dragonflies are predators – to our knowledge, none of them eat plants or scavenge. The larvae eat whatever small aquatic life they can find. This includes other aquatic insect larvae (midges, mosquitos, damselflies, beetles, etc.) as well as small fish, tadpoles, aquatic worms, and even other dragonfly larvae.
What is dragonfly used for?
Since dragonflies eat mosquitoes and other insects, they help gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts. This also helps the environment, because it allows humans to reduce the use of pesticides to kill these insects.