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Dragonfly Larvae, from Santa Vitturia, Elba, Italy (No.103)

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Dragonfly Larvae, from Santa Vitturia, Elba, Italy (No.103)Dragonfly Larvae, from Santa Vitturia, Elba, Italy
Miocene Period, 15 Million Years Old

Measurements Approx.
Height - 0.5 cm
Width - 8 cm
Length - 7.5 cm

Measurements Approx. Larvae Size
Width - 2.2 cm
Length - 2.5 cm



Dragonflies are insects in the sub-order Anisoptera (meaning "unequal-winged"). Hind wings are usually shorter and broader than forewings.


Odonata an order of carnivorous insects, which include the dragonfly have existed since the Permian Period, while relatives of dragonflies such as Meganeura, one of largest-known flying insect species, lived during the Carboniferous Period. 


Dragonflies have three stages in they life cycle, the egg, the nymph (larvae), and the adult dragonfly.


Once the dragonfly eggs hatch, the life cycle of a dragonfly larva begins as a nymph. Dragonfly nymphs live in the water while they grow and develop into dragonflies.


The larval stage of dragonflies lasts up to five years in large species, and between two months and three years in smaller species.







 


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