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Dragonfly benefit
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Dragonfly - benefit
See also: adult | larva

Scientific Name: Odonata: several families and species

Status: beneficial aquatic predator

Beneficial Stage: immature and adult

Value: While in its immature stages, the dragonfly is an important part of the food web and is eaten by many fish and other aquatic animals. Likewise, it preys on smaller insects itself. As adults, dragonflies actively feed on insects flying nearby. Because of their general predatory behavior, dragonflies and their nymphs are considered to be very beneficial insects.>