The distinctive-looking dragonfly, with its eerie eyes and four paper-thin wings, is usually found flitting around lakes, ponds, and other wetlands, feeding on bothersome insects such as mosquitoes and flies. Dragonflies have six legs, but they cannot walk. Instead, the appendages are used for catching and holding prey, or for perching on plants.
The legs of their larvae, however, are used for ambulation. When a dragonfly larva, known as a nymph, is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other aquatic plant, and finds a dry place to emerge.
An insect with a long past: