Are you searching for facts for kids about dragonflies? Are you working on a science report about dragonflies and need some information? Are you on a camping trip and your child just saw a dragonfly and they want to know more about them? Are you a home school mom working on a lesson plan about dragonflies? Here are a few random facts of dragonflies for kids?
Dragonflies will usually only live for less than thirty days.
Dragonflies have a very short lifespan. They usually only live for about a month or less. However, some dragonflies can exist for up to half a year.
Dragonflies usually live near water.
If you see a dragonfly, more than likely you saw it near a pond, lake, stream, swamp, river or even a rain puddle. They begin their lives in water, and because they have such a short lifespan, you will usually see them near water. Some dragonflies do wander off into forest and fields to search for food, but will return to the water to mate and lay eggs.
Dragonflies have many natural enemies.
Dragonflies are often hunted by spiders, snakes, birds, frogs and other animals. They are often eating in mid-air by birds. They can also become the meals for spiders when they get trapped in a spider web.
Most dragonflies have a wingspan of about 3 to 4 inches long.
The majority of dragonflies have an average wingspan (meaning the length from the end of one wing to another) of about three to four inches. Some have a wingspan of about six inches long. Some of the smallest dragonflies have a wingspan of only 7/10 of an inch.
There are more than 5000 different kinds of dragonflies.
Etymologist s(scientists who study bugs) have discovered over 5000 species of dragonflies. Some bug experts believe there may be as many as 6500 types of dragonflies in the world.
Dragonflies go through incomplete metamorphosis.
Dragonflies go through three separate stages in a process called incomplete metamorphosis. Watch this video here to see it in action and learn more it. They look very different in their early stages of life. (Moths and butterflies experience complete metamorphosis which includes four stages.)
Dragonflies eat a lot of other flying bugs.
Another fact is that adult dragonflies will devour just about anything they can catch. Dragonflies usually eat mosquitoes, bees, gnats, butterflies, termites, and other bugs. When they are in the nymph stage, they eat small fish, tadpoles, mosquito larvae, worms, and aquatic insects.
Dragonflies have huge eyes which helps them with hunting.
Dragonflies have very big eyes for their body’s proportion. They use their huge eyes to hunt bugs and it helps them to be able to spot prey at a distance. Because their eyes are curved shaped, they can see in several different directions at a time.
The legs of the dragonfly are too weak for walking
One interesting fact about dragonflies is that the legs of dragonflies are great for capturing their prey. However, they are not strong enough for walking.
Dragonflies can lay up to 800 eggs at time.
Female dragonflies will lay their eggs in bodies of water such as ponds and rivers. They can lay these eggs one by one, or in a cluster of up to 800 eggs at a time. They do not care for their young and abandon the eggs.
These are just a few random facts about dragonflies. They are beautiful creatures and just another fascinating part of our world. Searching for more kid’s facts about animals? Please read “Fun Facts for Kids About Spiders” and “Silkworm Facts for Kids.” You also might read “Fun Facts for Kids About Elephants” and “Fun Facts for Kids About Turtles.” Happy Learning!
Dragonflies by Cynthia Overbeck