May 12, 2017

Dragonfly experiments

Nature Close-up: Dragonflies and Damselflies
by Elaine Pascoe
photographs by Dwight Kuhn

Kids who are lucky enough to live near a body of water would get the most out of this book. The first chapter provides a wealth of information about dragonflies and their damselfly cousins. It even takes a brief look at mayflies. However, the majority of the book is devoted to the care and observation of dragonfly nymphs. 

Catching dragonfly larvae is potentially hazardous, while raising them could be challenging. They require room-temperature non-chlorinated water, pond plants, and a continuous supply of live prey. The experiments, while easy, depend on healthy, living nymphs. Therefore, I would recommend this book for conscientious kids who prefer scientific, hands-on learning. 

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