How to Attract Dragonflies to Your Yard


Dragonflies are beautiful, fun to watch, and can eliminate pesky mosquitoes and other unwanted insects. To attract dragonflies to a yard, a natural habitat that includes a water source is necessary. This can be accomplished through the installation of a water pond available at many lawn and garden stores. A water pond with the proper location and vegetation can provide a thriving habitat for both nymphs and adult dragonflies.

Things You'll Need

  • Water pond kit
  • Underwater vegetation
  • Above water vegetation
  • Shrubs
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Logs or interesting stump

Purchase a Water Pond

  • Locate an area suitable for the water pond. A water pond needs to be located where it will receive midday to afternoon sun and void of extreme wind.

  • Determine how big the water pond will be. While size is not a factor to attracting dragonflies, it may be an issue in terms of the location of the water pond.

  • Purchase a water pond. Water ponds may be purchased from a lawn and garden center or specialty outdoor aquatic supply store.

Install Water Pond

  • Follow the manufacturer's directions for installing the water pond. Note that a natural habitat for dragonflies often contains shallow water on the outside edges and deeper water in the center.

  • Allow shallow areas for feeding nymphs. Deeper water offers a means of shelter. The center of the pond should be at least 2 feet deep.

  • Add a water pump to keep water in the pond moving. This will keep the water and pond cleaner longer. Some water pond kits include a water pump; others may need to be purchased separately.

Plant Vegetation

  • Add underwater vegetation so the nymphs will have adequate shelter from predators. Plants are necessary for the habitat of both nymphs and adult dragonflies.

  • Add above-water vegetation to provide adult dragonflies with perches, a place to lay eggs and added protection from wind.

  • Plant bushes and shrubs around the outside of the water pond to help protect with rainwater runoff and wind. Dragonflies like a warm, calm, leisurely habitat.

Add Extras

  • Adding a log or stump around the water pond adds decoration and character to the dragonfly water source. It also offers the dragonflies a more natural environment.

  • Add a few rocks to the landscape around the water pond for perching and sunbathing. Dragonflies like to sunbathe on light colored rock.

  • Add flowers for color and to invite other insects, a food source for dragonflies. While flowers do not necessarily attract dragonflies, they don't deter them either and will make a nice addition to the water pond, providing color and other insects.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative in building a water pond. Design plans are not necessary, as most water sources in nature occurred naturally.
  • Use caution with chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers in and around the water pond.

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