Aeshna palmata

California Dragonfly

Carnivore: Larvae eat aquatic inhabitants and mosquitos, Adults eat any prey(insects) they can catch and sometimes other dragonflies

Geography: All over the world

Habitat: Aquatic, tropical, freshwater, deserts, forests, rainforest, lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps

Interesting facts:

  • They are aquatic in the larval stage which lasts for two years
  • Larvae eat tadpoles, mosquitoes, fish, other larvae and can eat on another
  • At the end of the larval stage, their exoskeleton cracks open releasing 4 wings that harden over the next few days
  • They are able to mate mid-air and must fly to catch prey
  • They use their feet to grab prey while hunting
  • They have great eyesight which allows them to see almost everything except for what is right behind them
  • They have two sets of wings that can be used together or independently allowing them to easily maneuver through the air
An adult male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly perched on a water grass stem. The dragonfly has a long, slender body with a dark brown and white pattern, and its large, clear wings are visible in the image.