linnea56(z5 IL)July 4, 2005

I've seen big dragonflies in the area of my tomatoes. There is no pond anywhere near here. This is the first year I've seen them in my garden. I find them basking on the wire tomato cages. Do they lay eggs that turn into pests?

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NO, dragonflies are not pests

Here is a link that might be useful: Dragonflies

    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 6:42PM
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No, their larva are aquatic and prey on mosquito larva among other things. The adults are great hunters of mosquitos, flies, and sometimes aphids.

They're a great insect to have around. When I staked, they liked the tops of stakes as a hangout.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 6:44PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

I don't know what I was thinking of! On one level I knew very well that dragonflies are harmless. I do love looking at them, and these are so large you can see every detail of their wings. It's such a surprise seeing them so far away from water.

I guess I've spent such an inordinate amount of time this year protecting the garden and the house (not to mention the cat) from critters that will eat and/or infest them. Between the rabbits, the mice, the coyotes, plus the ants, aphids, and whiteflies, if something moves, I'm suspicious.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2005 at 1:43AM
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