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Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 4, 05 at 17:36

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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RE: Dragonflies?

  • Posted by farkee 10 B South Fl. (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 4, 05 at 18:42

NO, dragonflies are not pests

Here is a link that might be useful: Dragonflies

RE: Dragonflies?

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.


RE: Dragonflies?

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.

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