Dragonflies are most often found near water and usually remain within a few miles of where the egg was hatched. As a larva, they eat tadpoles or small fish. As an adult it will eat other small insects, primarily mosquitoes, and considered useful for controlling the mosquito population. Dragonflies are carnivorous in both larval and adult stages.
They can be any color and range in size by species from one to five inches. Their antennae are very short. They go through three stages of development: egg, naiad (larval) and adult. Their egg is laid in water and typically hatch in two to three weeks. In the larval stage they’re called a naiad, live in the water, and use internal gills to breathe. They can live in the water as a naiad for two to three years. When they’re ready to become an adult it crawls out of the water and shed its skin. As an adult, it can live for over a year if they migrate away from the cold.