This week on Discover Nature, take a trip to a stream or pond near you, and observe the colorful dance of mating dragonflies across the surface of the water.
Adult dragonflies have long, slender, often colorful abdomens with robust bodies, large compound eyes, and sometimes spotted patterns on horizontally-outstretched wings.
They don’t start out this way, though. In mid-summer, watch courting dragonflies fly low over water – often attached to their mates. In-flight, females deposit eggs along the surface of the water.