Lakeside Garden study to recreate dragonfly habitat

(Clockwise from top left): The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. Visitors at Neram Streams - a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies at the J
Visitors at Neram Streams - a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies at the Jurong Lake Gardens in Yuan Ching Road. These carnivorous insects, known for their saw-like teeth, can eat up to hundreds of mosquitoes per day. They have served as nature's brand of pest control for centuries.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(Clockwise from top left): The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. Visitors at Neram Streams - a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies at the J
The Common Bluetail (above), the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, NPARKS
(Clockwise from top left): The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. Visitors at Neram Streams - a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies at the J
The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol (above) and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, NPARKS
(Clockwise from top left): The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. Visitors at Neram Streams - a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies at the J
The Common Bluetail, the Common Parasol and the male Common Scarlet (above) are among the 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Singapore. PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, NPARKS

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They ruled the skies millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth.

And dragonflies and damselflies, among the most ancient creatures alive today, can be found in every continent apart from Antarctica, including in urban Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'Lakeside Garden study to recreate dragonfly habitat'. Print Edition | Subscribe