This pond was added to the property in 2014 as an Eagle Scout project by a longtime volunteer at the museum – Nicholas Wheeler – and is designed to attract dragonflies. There are a variety of species of dragonflies in SC and they are attracted to areas of fresh water with sunlight and places to rest.
This spot is ideal for the entire dragonfly life cycle! After dragonflies mate, the female needs plants in the water to lay her eggs. Dragonfly nymphs emerge from those eggs and live in the water for 6-7 months. During this time, underwater plants are important to providing hiding places necessary for survival. Eventually, nymphs also need floating and emergent plants so they can crawl out of the water, shed their exoskeletons, and emerge as an adult dragonfly. There are no fish in this pond because fish will eat the dragonfly nymphs before they have the chance to reach adulthood.
Adult dragonflies will perch on the emergent plants and bask on the rocks of this pond, because they are cold blooded and need a place to rest and warm up.
Additionally, Dragonflies are carnivores and mainly eat other insects. The grasses and shrubs surrounding this pond are good at attracting insects for the dragonflies to eat!