Dragon flies start out life as naiads. They can live in the water up to five years. When they metamorphose they climb up a reed or another kind of emerging plant. They start to breath and their Larva skin falls off. Where as they start beating their wings and fly. They can fly up, down, or side to side. Once they leave the water they only live up to six months.
I don't know if it's cruel that once they emerge they die so quickly, or if it's a beautiful gift to know such freedom?