A dragonfly has six legs. Dragonflies are classified as insects, and insects have six legs.
Dragonflies may have six legs, but their bodies are so heavy that their legs can't always hold them up. They don't walk well and prefer to spend a majority of their time flying. They are some of the fastest flying insects in the world.
Dragonflies are predators that eat mosquitoes, bees, ants, wasps and sometimes butterflies. Some of their predators include birds, frogs, lizards and larger dragonflies. Dragonflies come in many sizes but typically range from 1 to 4 inches in length. Large dragonflies can live up to 6 or 7 years.Learn More
The dragonfly may have various color markings on its wing pattern, abdomen and cerci. Wing patterns may be clear, brown, black or orange. The abdomen may be dark blue, black or pale blue. Cerci color may be black or white.Full Answer >
The typical dragonfly's life span is roughly 6 months from the time the egg is laid until it dies as a fully-grown adult, although some larger types can live up to a few years. Much of a dragonfly's life is spent underwater as a larva.Full Answer >
The dragonfly's scientific name is Anisoptera, from the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta and order Odonata, and it's best known for its beautiful coloring and sparkling wings. There are 5,000 individual species of dragonfly worldwide, many of which are classified as threatened due to dwindling numbers.Full Answer >
Flies have two compound eyes with thousands of individual visual receptors called ommatidia. Each ommatidia works as a separate functioning eye with its own nerve fiber that connects to the optic nerve.Full Answer >