September at Hab Center Lake

Friday, September 11, 2015
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Dragonflies are a common sight this September, especially near water sources such as the Marshall Habilitation Center Lake. According to reporting in Smithsonian magazine, dragonflies in their larval stage -- which can last up to two years -- are aquatic and eat tadpoles, mosquitoes, fish and other insect larvae. Adult dragonflies eat insects and are a good control on them mosquito population. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the adults range from 1-to-3 inches in length, and while hunting their legs are held in a basket-shape during flight. A majority of the dragonfly's life is as a nymph, with some living for five years underwater, according to MDC. Adults can live for weeks to possibly a year.