- September 9, 2016
Elegant relics of the Permian period, dragonflies will continue to thrive if we provide them with enough habitat. Their life cycle requires both an aquatic environment–a shallow pond, slow-moving stream, wetland, or rain garden will suffice–and a terrestrial landscape free from pesticides and herbicides. These agile fliers–that are an important food source for birds and mammals–are not only a treat to watch performing their aerial acrobatic stunts, they also provide the important ecological service of consuming pesky mosquitos. Laboratory studies reveal dragonfly nymphs, the aquatic stage, can consume over 100 mosquito larvae in a 24-hour period. Once dragonflies metamorphosize into adults, they engage in a hunting frenzy (consisting of even more mosquitos) as well as mating and laying eggs. These ancient creatures deserve our respect and protection, take action and create habitat for them.
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Goals Articles Are Special
This article is a part of our Planning for Habitat series. Habitat Network encourages you to set goals for each site you map so you can work towards outcomes that matter to you. Each goal has an introductory article, that links you to actions you might be able to take on your site to work towards meeting your goals.
Actions to Support Dragonflies
These are the current actions that are tied to this goal. Whether or not you have “completed” an action is tied to the data collected via your site map. Each Habitat Map has its own goals and actions. To learn more about any action, or about how to change data on your map related to this action, click the link.
- Pond, stream, or other water area
- Rain garden, bioswale, or bioretention cell
- Wetland area
- Shoreline of water area left wild
- No use of herbicides and pesticides
How to Set Goals for Your Sites
Ready to set goals for your habitat map? Visit the Map page, open the site explorer, and select the map you’d like to set goals for.