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Watch a nymph climb out of the water to start a new life. You can see the whole physical transformation as the dragonfly breaks through its old shell.

Different kinds of dragonflies lay different numbers of eggs. Some kinds can lay more than one thousand eggs! And, different kinds of dragonflies have different laying habits. Some types of male dragonflies guard the females while they lay eggs. The male stays connected to the female. Or, the male stays close to her while she lays the eggs.

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Making Connections


Which is your favorite step in the dragonfly life cycle? Why?


Have you read other books about bugs? How are those bugs similar to dragonflies? How are they different?


What is another transforming animal you know about? How is its life cycle similar to or different from a dragonfly’s?

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