Dragonflies & May 3rd Successful Gardener

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Dragonflies are one insect we all welcome to our gardens. They are predators of flying insects. Recently I read an informative article in the State by State Gardening magazine’s e-newsletter about dragonflies. Dragonflies lay their eggs near water. When the eggs hatch, they spend most of their life (from months to years) in the nymph stage in the water looking nothing like the adult. The nymphs live in ponds or marshy areas with calm waters and feed on other aquatic insects and small fish. They are sensitive to pollution, so their presence is an indicator of good water quality and a healthy ecosystem. When the nymphs mature and environmental conditions are right they will complete their metamorphosis transforming into an adult and crawling out of the water. The adults live for about 6 weeks and this last stage of its life is for reproduction. Add a water feature to your landscape to attract these beautiful, beneficial insects to your garden. Dragonflies like to warm themselves, so place your water feature in a sunny area. Join the Union County Extension Master Gardeners on Thursday, April 5, for the monthly Successful Gardener program. The program will be held at the Ag Center, 3230 Presson Rd, Monroe and begins at 7 p.m. The speaker will be our own Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, Vikki Tesar. Vikki’s topic will be “Wish I’d Figured that All Out Sooner!”. Vikki is not only an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, but she is a professional gardener working at a private estate in Charlotte. Vikki has experience gardening in her own garden, in the Master Gardener Teaching Garden, and as a professional gardener. She will talk about mistakes she made unknowingly over the years and what she has learned. Vikki will share tips & techniques that you can put to use in your own garden.