An underwater larva emerges from the water and becomes an air-breathing winged dragonfly. Most live air-borne only long enough to mate and ensure the survival of the species. But some die early.
When I first learned this from reading, I was taken aback. An insect that had long lived under water drowns. That was one thing.
Seeing them drowned or drowning or being knocked into water by another of the same species is a whole other thing entirely.
Five today. I pulled out four -- those within reach, but only one survived (but I suspected she wouldn't for much longer because one wing was crimped). Not this one. He looked perfect, but he wasn't.
Every time I think I can make a difference.
Only sometimes can I.