Dragonflies, mayflies and stoneflies

By Steve Brooks

Dragonflies, mayflies and stoneflies form a diverse group of species. What they all have in common is that their lives are centred around water. Many of them are stunningly beautiful, and hover in the air with elegance and acrobatic skill. Steve Brooks, a researcher in the department of entomology at The Natural History Museum, London, introduces these remarkable members of the insect world.

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