Dragon flies in the garden. Why do they come?

@allknowing (130075)
India
August 20, 2022 12:55am CST
During my garden stroll this morning I saw this dragon fly resting on a silly looking marigold bud As some of you know due to heavy rain our seasonal flowers have been a disaster and a few marigold plants are still there but look rickety. I nudged the dragon fly a bit when it spreads its wings and sat on another almost dead twig. Obviously they are not interested in nectar as butterflies are. Why do they visit gardens?
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@Fleura (29065)
• United Kingdom
20 Aug 22
They are hunters, they eat other insects.
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
20 Aug 22
This dragon fly that sat on that marigold bud is so tiny that I doubt if it was there searching for insects - just saying.
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@Fleura (29065)
• United Kingdom
20 Aug 22
@allknowing There are lots of insects much smaller than that!
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@PRUELPO (56)
• Cavite City, Philippines
20 Aug 22
It is believed that dragonflies are attracted by colorful blooms and dragonflies are indicators of healthy aquatic ecosystems according to
https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/2010/8-25/dragonflies.html
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
20 Aug 22
Thank you but do they get attracted for getting their prey?
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@rebelann (111017)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Aug 22
They eat mosquito larva so maybe thats what you have in your garden. Dragonflies are beneficial insects.
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
21 Aug 22
This dragon fly is tiny and so wondering how they could go for insects.
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@rebelann (111017)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Aug 22
I am sure it was bigger than mosquito larva.
@sol_cee (38223)
• Philippines
21 Aug 22
I used to catch them when I was a kid. Our dragonflies come in rainbow colors
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
21 Aug 22
This one is dark brown.
@Laurakemunto (12862)
• Kenya
20 Aug 22
They come to look for food
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
20 Aug 22
Interesting. What do they eat?
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• Kenya
20 Aug 22
@allknowing other insects most of the time especially flying insects like mosquitoes and gnats
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@Beestring (13242)
• Hong Kong
20 Aug 22
I'm not sure if I've seen a dragon fly.
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@RebeccasFarm (86058)
• United States
20 Aug 22
There must be the various plants they are attracted to. They are lovely dragonflies.
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@jstory07 (134109)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Aug 22
Maybe they are looking for bugs to eat.
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
20 Aug 22
If it was it would not be just sitting there almost sleeping
@valmnz (17099)
• New Zealand
20 Aug 22
Your garden must provide them with shelter and food, maybe insects.
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@allknowing (130075)
• India
21 Aug 22
I can understand going for nectar but I know they do not and to go for insects they have such a small mouth!!
@wolfgirl569 (94416)
• Marion, Ohio
20 Aug 22
They are insect eaters.
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• India
20 Aug 22
It's not raining here but I don't want too much of rain. I think they are just behind the fragrance of flowers
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@Adie04 (17361)
20 Aug 22
I still remember if bugs like butterflies visit houses, means there will be someone coming to the house. I think dragonflies also like that to some spiritual houses.
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20 Aug 22
havent seen any here this year , I guess its too dry.Sticky the conehead stick insect is hanging around a lot though
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