At the end of the dragonfly’s aquatic larval stage it climbs out of the water onto a rock or vegetation and emerges from its split skin as a winged adult. At first its wings have an iridescent sheen, which is quickly lost. As this is happening, the dragonfly’s soft exoskeleton hardens. Newly emerged dragonflies are often found far from water, where they go while their reproductive organs mature, and then return to the water to mate and lay eggs. Adult dragonflies typically live for about a month.