“What do dragonflies eat?”

Yellow-winged Darter (Image: André Karwath)

The Five-Year-Old: “Daddyo, this summer I want to catch a dragonfly, put him in a bottle, punch holes in the bottle and keep him as a pet.”

Daddyo: “But what would you feed him?”

The Five-Year-Old: “Flower nectar.”

Daddyo: “Do dragonflies eat flower nectar?”

The Five-Year-Old: “Ask Siri!”

Daddyo: “I’m asking you. What do dragonflies eat: flower nectar, other insects or dragons?”

Hint… it’s not flower nectar.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to “What do dragonflies eat?”

  1. Ah, if only dragonflies did eat flower nectar it would be so picturesque. 🙂 At least they don’t bite, or well, I’ve never actually held one to find out. Hmm


  2. Pingback: “Why is it called that?”: The Dragon & Dragonfly Edition | CATERPICKLES

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