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Beautiful Dragonflies Hover Near Extinction

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In Western folklore, the dragonfly has been classified—if not vilified—as a sinister, mysterious, creature, a good friend of serpents and the devil, and even a thief.



Today, however, entomological research shows that dragonflies are, in fact, beneficial insects that play vital roles in the ecosystem. Indeed, after surviving on the planet for an estimated 325 million years, these incredible insects are now facing a real devil: The threat of extinction brought on by human activity.



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