Follow some dragonfly enthusiasts as they head outdoors to study
the life cycle and behavior of this ancient insect.
Students are introduced to dragonflies, their life cycle and their
role in the food chain.
Length: 12:29 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: Dragonflies" video program and curriculum
guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- The life cycle of a dragonfly.
- The food chain of a dragonfly.
- The adaptations that help a dragonfly survive, including wings
and good eyesight.
- Threats by humans to dragonflies.
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1971.The Insect Societies
adult: fully developed and mature animal that is able to
damselfly: smaller relative of the dragonfly
habitat: place where something lives
larva: immature, wingless and often worm-like feeding form
that hatches from the egg of many insects
change into a different physical form
nymph: life cycle stage between egg and adult; sometimes
odonatist: scientist who studies dragonflies and damselflies
ovipositing: laying eggs
predator: animal that kills and eats other animals
prey: animal that is eaten by other animals
vertebrates: animals with a backbone