Dragonflies are an aquatic insect. They are typically found near streams, rivers and ponds. They often lay their eggs on floating aquatic plants. The eggs take about 2 weeks to hatch and the larvae are known as nymphs.
Most of a dragonflies life it is spent as a nymph, living beneath the surface of the water. The nymph stage can last anywhere between six months to seven years, depending on the species.
The adult dragonfly then emerges in all its splendor. They have four wings and two large bulging eyes. They are divided into three segments, the head, thorax and abdomen.
They are one of the oldest insects known, having flown over or landed on dinosaurs!. Over 300 million years ago they had a wing span as large as two and a half feet long. Today the wing span averages at two to five inches, while the largest species, in South America, has a wing span of seven inches.
Its main purpose is controlling the insect population and keeping an ecological balance. The dragonfly is a predator to a wide range of insects including, moths, bees, flies, mosquitoes and even other dragonflies. They can eat hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Being able to fly at anywhere between ten and thirty miles per hour, fly backwards and hover in space makes catching prey all the easier!
Their ecological purpose is that as predator to other insects as well as prey to birds, bats, spiders and praying mantis.
While most of us frantically swat away at flying insects, we seem to have more tolerance for the dragonfly. It is an insect of myths and legends and for some, it holds a spiritual meaning.
All over the world it holds special meaning. It symbolizes change and self realization. It is a reminder for us to live life to the fullest.
In some cultures dragonflies are portrayed as being the positive messenger of loved ones , freeing souls and carrying messages of love, peace and reassurance.
They are revered as a conduit to a loved ones spirit.
Could these beautiful insects be old Uncle Harry or Aunt Hazel sending us one last message? Or perhaps just keeping the mosquitoes at bay, although that doesn’t sound nearly as mystical.
The dragonfly brings dreams to reality and is the messenger of wisdom and enlightenment ~ Unknown