Damselflies, nature’s more delicate version of a dragonfly, spend most of their life underwater, first as an egg and then as a nymph. Eventually, after a year or so, they crawl out of the water onto nearby vegetation, shed their nymphal skin for the final time and emerge as winged adults. A damselfly’s beauty belies its behavior — most damselflies are voracious predators, both as aquatic nymphs as well as adults. In flight, they hold their bristly hind legs in a basket shape to scoop up their prey. The prey is then transferred to their front legs, which hold it while the damselfly devours it.
This entry was posted on June 12, 2013 by Mary Holland. It was filed under Adaptations, Arthropods, Damselflies, Incomplete Metamorphosis, Insects, June, Odonata, Predator-Prey and was tagged with Bluet, Zygoptera.