So, after seeing a few dragonflies the last few days, I decided to find out what they mean symbolically…I mean, besides that Spring is coming.
A few of the meanings associated with dragonflies are as follows:
Dragonflies represent getting beyond self-made limitations to reveal your destiny. They symbolize change and remind us to not resist it but to go with the flow, like the dragonfly is carried with the wind.
And even if you don’t believe in any of this, how can you deny that holding such a beautiful creature in your hand is at least, maybe, a little good luck?
Seriously big dragonfly
Some of you may have noticed that I had a bit of a hiatus from blogging. And although it was hard to find the time to post about the things I was seeing, I never stopped taking pictures. Life can get busy but when you stop seeing the beauty that’s all around you, it’s time to slow down. So, my apologies for the absence but here are a few pictures to get you caught up. And remember, although this is an entomology blog, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
Male and female Rhinoceros beetles
Bee on Mock orange bush
Male and female Galahs
First ever close up of a crow
Female Rhino beetle giving my nose a hug
Red-eye bug nymphs
My brave girl holding a Cotton Harlequin bug
Seriously big dragonfly
If you’d have asked me a few years ago what this was, I would have instantly said a dragonfly. I now know the difference but I can understand how most people can get confused.
I found this beautiful specimen just hanging around in my neglected, but tomato-rific, garden.
So, what makes a Damselfly and what makes a Dragonfly?
Let’s first start with the similarities and the main reasons for the confusion.
They both have:
Both are from the insect order Odonata
And that’s about as far as most people get. But if you’re an uber-nerd like me, you’ll quickly notice that a dragonfly’s thorax (where the front wings attach) is quite broad compared to the damsel.
The eyes of a damselfly also protrude off the sides of the head, whereas the dragonfly’s are flatter on the head and meet.
When resting, as you can see on the above pictures, the damselfly rests its wings together along/above its body. The dragonfly will always have them straight out.
Both the dragonfly and damselfly have antennae although they are not easy to see.
So, think you can tell the difference between the two now?
Did you know that the damselfly is incapable of walking because of the position of its legs?