The dragonfly is an insect of the order of Odonates. They have cousins who are very similar for them, called “young ladies” in French. The “young ladies” have their two pairs of wings of the same size and fly less quickly. There are approximately 4900 species of dragonflies and young ladies on the Earth, including 77 species in France.
The largest dragonfly lived during Carboniferous and measured 60 cm of scale.
They have on the head a pair of very short antennas and two large eyes made up of approximately 30 000 simple eyes which give them a very piercing sight. Their oral apparatus (their mouth) is of crushing type: they can bite when they are captured.
They have two pairs of transparent and colourless wings which are not folded back towards the back at rest as at much of insects. Their three pairs of legs enable them to be clutched with the plants and to hold the preys they captured.
It is a diurnal insect (which flies during the day), living at the edge of the rivers and of the ponds. Its flight is fast and quiet, with abrupt changes of direction. Its food: insects captured in full flight, maintained by its two pairs of forefeet (of front) and reduced out of pulp by its oral parts (mouth): mosquitoes, day-flies, butterflies, flies, horseflies...
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