Tuesday, September 20

Facts About Dragonflies

Dragonfly Facts

Today, I am going to share some quick facts about the beautiful and whimsical dragonflies. Dragonflies are flying insects. Did you know that there are over 5,000 species of dragonflies all over the world? Can you guess which continents dragonflies live on? Yes, you guessed it right. Dragonflies are present on every continent except Antarctica. Some scientists say that dragonflies have been here long before dinosaurs ruled the earth!


What is your favorite type of dragonfly?


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Facts about dragonflies:

1. The scientific name for dragonflies is Anisoptera. Here is a list of names of some of the different types of dragonflies:

  • Butterfly Dragonfly
  • Damers
  • Emerald Dragonfly
  • Meadowhawks
  • Micrathyria
  • River Cruiser
  • Tigertail Dragonfly
  • Skimmer dragonfly
  • Spiketail Dragonfly
  • Wandering glider

2. The globe skimmer, also known as the wandering glider dragonfly, is one of the most common types of dragonfly. It can be found on almost all continents except Antarctica.

3. The Hine's emerald dragonfly, also known as the Ohio emerald, is one of the rarest types of dragonflies. It is currently on the endangered species list.

4. There are many colors of dragonflies, but one of the rarest is pink dragonflies.

5. Dragonflies are insectivores/carnivores. Carnivores means that they only eat meat. Dragonflies eat flying insects and other insects. Dragonflies are primarily diurnal and prefer to hunt for food during daytime hours. Diurnal means dragonflies are awake during the daylight hours.

6. A group of dragonflies is called a cluster or a flight of dragonflies.

7. Dragonflies are cold-blooded and love to be in the sun. The sun helps them regulate their body's temperature.

8. Dragonflies have a short life cycle. Some dragonflies can live up to 56 days or less.

9. Dragonflies live around streams, lakes, ponds, and other wetlands.

One last remarkable fact:


Have you ever wondered how these insects manage their waste? Let’s take a dive into the less talked about yet equally intriguing aspect of their excretion (POOP) process.

The Digestive System of Dragonflies:

Dragonflies have a complex digestive system that begins with their mouth, designed to capture and eat prey. Once their food is digested, the waste products are processed in the digestive tract. Unlike humans, dragonflies have a unique structure at the end of their bodies known as the rectal chamber, which serves as a storage space for waste.

The Excretion Station:

When it’s time for a dragonfly to excrete, it utilizes the rectal chamber as its command center for waste management. By contracting their abdominal muscles, dragonflies expel waste from their rectal chamber. The process is efficient and allows them to maintain their cleanliness, even while on the move.

A Flight with a Surprise:

Interestingly, dragonflies often release their waste mid-flight. So, the next time you admire these unique creatures zipping through the air, remember that they might be taking care of their natural elimination process!



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Facts about Dragonflies


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 Dragonfly worksheet


Dragonfly worksheet

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Books about dragonflies:

1. Are You a Dragonfly? by Judy Allen

2. Fast Facts About Dragonflies by Garstecki-Derkovitz

3. Dragonflies: Q&A Guide by Ann Cooper

4. Dragonflies: Catching - Identifying - How and Where They Live by Chris Earley

5. The Wonderful World of Dragonflies by Mimi Jones

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


Short story alert:

There once was a beautiful emerald-green dragonfly who loved to fly from pond to pond in search of food! One day, she couldn’t find flying insects to eat at her usual eating spots on the pond. So, she went on an adventure, flying high in the sky till she came to this large lake. There were flying insects everywhere. Oh, how happy she was! She spent all day eating all the flying insects she could. She was filled with joy, and her belly was filled with food. She flew back to her pond and slept all night. THE END!


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Mimi is the author of the JOEY SAVES THE DAY! book series and other titles. She loves learning, reading, drawing, and writing. She is a homeschool mother of two children. She has two adult children that have already left the nest.

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  1. You should make a Eiffel Tower post Mimi

    1. I made a blog post about the Eiffel Tower just for you. I hope you like it. https://www.joeysavestheday.com/search?q=Eiffel+tower+


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