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Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

If you hate mosquitos, you might like this bug: the Halloween pennant dragonfly. It eats mosquitos for dinner. It eats them for lunch. It eats them for breakfast. Yum! The Halloween pennant is common as dragonflies go; they're found over much of the eastern U.S., including Florida, and as far north as Canada. They're found near ponds and marshes, which is not surprising since they spend the first part of their lives in water. They feast on the fly and besides mosquitos, they'll eat other flying insects, including other dragonflies. Immature dragonflies will also eat the larvae of other dragonflies and occasionally dine on fish and tadpoles.

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