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Traits: Insect with long, narrow abdomen, six legs, large eyes and four wings; invertebrate animal

Habitat: Adults: near water; nymphs: bottom of streams and ponds or on aquatic plants

Food: Adults prey on small flying insects, including mosquitos and black flies. Nymphs prey on mosquito larvae, snails, tadpoles, and small fish.

Eaten by: Adults eaten by flycatchers, fish, and swallows; dippers feed on nymphs.

Do You Know? Adults catch mosquitos in the air with their basketlike legs and eat their prey "on the wing."

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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