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Posted on: August 3, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Emergent Aquatic Plants are Critical to the Life Cycle of Dragonflies

Dragonflies use emergent aquatic plants, like bulrushes, to pull themselves out of the water when they shift from being a nymph to an adult. Leaving native plants to grow along the shoreline provides critical habitat for dragonflies and other wildlife...

Dragonflies begin life and live most of it in water. Adult dragonflies deposit eggs on plants at the water surface or directly on the water surface. When the eggs hatch, they become dragonfly nymphs. For some species this stage lasts over a year, during which time they eat prey like mosquitos and other insect larva. When it is time for the nymphs to change into the acrobatic flyers many of us are familiar with, they need emergent aquatic vegetation (like bulrushes) to climb up out of the water, molt and spread their wings. Emergent vegetation plays a key role in the dragonfly life cycle. You can help by leaving a buffer of vegetation in place along the shoreline. Not only do buffers provide habitat for dragonflies and other wildlife, they also help improve water quality and reduce shoreline erosion.

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