An old country name for dragonflies
was "horse stingers". It was an inaccurate name -- dragonflies never attack
which they cannot catch in flight.
One of the largest insects in Britain
today, the dragonfly starts its life
where it hatches from an egg
, generally laid on a water plant
. When it reaches maturity
it is a fierce hunter
and eats any tiny animal or insect
that it can catch. It catches its prey as it flies.
Curiously, although dragonflies have four wings
, each wing can be used independently of the others.