"When the sky falls to the sea ..
I won't mind;
The cause is me.
When the wind blows through the trees,
I won't mind;
Fly Dragonfly ..."
Dragonflies are popular insects today, but they haven’t always been. In some European folklore, dragonflies were associated with snakes and the devil. They were called “the devil’s darning needles”. Children were warned that if they were lying, a dragonfly would come and sew up their mouth. The long abdomen of dragonflies was mistakenly thought to be a stinger. Another common name for dragonflies was “horse-stingers”.
In much of eastern Asia, people have always liked dragonflies. Perhaps this is because they associate dragonflies with their staple food, rice. Rice is grown in water-filled fields called paddies, which are great habitat for dragonflies.
This one (metallic skimmer) was caught resting on a single stalk of rice in Southern Leyte, Philippines.
It was drying its wings, following a rain that never gave
up the ghost. Note its compound eyes.
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