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Hovering, darting, and soaring through the air near marshes or open water, the dragonfly hunts and catches small insects on the wing. Able to turn its head in all directions, it can scan 360o with its huge compound eyes. About 2-4 inches long, its body is slender and usually brown or black in color, often with colorful markings. Thin, almost translucent wings are held straight out when at rest. A powerful flier, some species have been clocked at 60 miles per hour.