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They hover over ponds and pools and inhabit the banks of rivers and streams. With their dazzling metallic colours and unique ways of flying, dragonflies are truly jewels of the air.
Their appearance and life cycle are so strange, they could be mistaken as visitors from another world, but they are actually one of the oldest living inhabitants of Earth. Dragonflies came into existence a staggering 100 million years before dinosaurs. Now, we uncover the secrets of these jewels in the sky. Super-slow-motion shots and computer animation uncover, for the first time, how dragonflies capture their prey at lightning speed while flying, and how they mate in the air.