Thursday, July 15, 2010

Five Facts About Dragonflies!


As I walked earlier today, I happened upon this Yellow Dragonfly sitting on a stalk of tall grass just along the edge of my backyard where the field begins to take over. Did you know:
1) Dragonflies can't walk.
2) In some cultures, people view dragonflies as sinister.
3) In some parts of the world they are a food source, eaten either as adults or larvae.
4) In Japan, dragonflies are a seasonal symbol, associated with late summer and early autumn, and are viewed as symbols of courage, strength, and happiness. Dragonfly in Japanese is "Tombo".
5) In Indonesia, dragonflies are caught on poles, made sticky with birdlime, then fried in oil as a delicacy.

OK, perhaps some of these facts I could have lived without knowing, but it's out there now . . . nonetheless. Stay cool. It's pretty toasty out there right now. Enjoy!

4 comments :

  1. Lovely Dragonfly image. I think I'll stick with the Japanese symbolism!

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  2. I am with Barb, I like them, but not to eat.
    Good shot, this one by the way is a female widow skimmer.

    Have a nice weekend, and don't work too hard!

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  3. Lovely wing pattern. It's a bit windy here but I think I'll stick to watching dragons rather than letting one test my taste buds!!

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  4. That's a pretty cool dragon. We don't get that one up here.

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