Predating for mature adults
Instead of pupating the larval form or nymph will come out from its aquatic environment and hang from the bank or a stem.
This position makes it easier for the larvae to be exposed to the pleasant warmth of the sunshine and undergo metamorphosis into an adult dragonfly.
Though the dragonflies themselves are predators, they must be very careful of predators like birds, lizards, frogs, fish etc.
They have many adaptations that will enable them to escape these predators.
Even if they do survive, they still don't live much longer than a few months.
The adult dragonfly will not live beyond several months, depending on the quality of the weather.
They may live as long as six months provided the weather is dry and warm.
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This makes them easily exposed to predators, which can also be dragonfly larvae themselves.