• Question: why would you describe yourself as old and new?

    Asked by hannahannah to Emperor Dragonfly on 8 Dec 2017.
    • Photo: Emperor Dragonfly

      Emperor Dragonfly answered on 8 Dec 2017:

      Adult dragonflies (the ones we see flying above ponds) emerge each year in late spring / summer from the water transform into new animals – they are most brightly coloured and active when first emerged – so every dragonfly you see is NEW(a maximum of 3-4 months old in their adult form).

      But fossils of dragonflies that look pretty much the same as the ones we have today can be 300 million years old, so as a group of species, dragonflies are ancient, hence OLD as well!