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How Long do Dragonflies Live?

 Are you wondering how long do dragonflies live? Find out all about it in this article.
Dragonfly Eating an Unlucky Bug

The dragonfly is an insect that has inhabited the earth for several years ~ez_ndash~ almost 300 million years to be exact. There are more than 5000 species of dragonflies that exist today. There are many people who believe that these insects live only for a day. This however is not true. At the shortest the life cycle of a dragonfly from egg to the death of the adult is about six months. There are even dragonflies that live for several years as aquatic larvae before they emergdragonfliesfor a few months as adults. Most dragonflies don't die of old age but are caught by predators.  Even if they do survive, they still don't live much longer than a few months.
A surprising and interesting fact about the dragonfly is that, they will spend only a very shodragonfliestheir life span as actual adult dragonflies. They will live as nymphs for up to four years, molting their skin between 8 to 17 times depending on the species, and finally when they mature into adults, they can only live for a few months.

The lifespan of a dragonfly
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