Dragonfly Metamorphosis

Who knew the dragonfly was such a mysterious shape-shifter?

During their aquatic phase, dragonflies are called

The dragonfly undergoes what is called __________ metamorphosis

Dragonflies are

Dragonflies spend less than 2% of their lives in their aquatic form

In its aquatic stage, the dragonfly naiad is an ambush predator. This means it catches prey by staying very still and blending in with the habitat. When a small fish gets close, it snatches its prey with a lightning-fast burst of speed.

What anatomical feature of the dragonfly naiad is used for nabbing prey? How does the design of this anatomical feature make it the perfect tool for an ambush predator?

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