Dragonflies have a really unique appearance. One of the most recognisable things about them is that they have two massive eyes that are made up of 30,000 individual segments. Their eyes look upwards and are so large that they take up the space of most of their head.
Of course, there are also the wide wings that look intricately veined. These wings stay held outwards when the dragonfly is resting. These wings make the creature able to fly up, down, backwards and hover, as well as turning round incredibly quickly. In fact, they can even mate whilst in mid-air and also catch their prey whilst flying.
Dragonflies are carnivorous, eating insects like flies, midges, and mosquitos. They also eat butterflies, moths, and sometimes even smaller dragonflies. They catch their prey whilst flying, using the long legs to carry it. Then it carries it to a safe spot where it can tuck in.
Dragonflies and damselflies tend to favour wetland habitats, which is why they are commonly seen around ponds and lakes. They can most commonly be spotted during early to late summer.