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"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;
The dragonfly.

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.

May 9, 2010

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PeteThompson

PeteThompson - Jun 20, 2010 5:49 am - Voted 10/10

Amazing picture

I like the detail on the wings

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 20, 2010 9:01 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing picture

Taken during a recent visit to the Philippines,
thus the Asian connection. Thank you, Pete!

Actually, I was having an extremely hard time
focusing my camera in on bugs.

Summer's almost GONE in the Philippines.

etai101

etai101 - Jun 20, 2010 3:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Powerful

found my self looking at this pic for the past 5min.
Photo of the week nuff said

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 20, 2010 8:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Powerful

Please, no ... I'd rather you go OUTSIDE
and enjoy Nature for all it's worth.

That's what I did while in SE Asia!

RayMondo

RayMondo - Jun 20, 2010 7:14 pm - Voted 10/10

The eye of the lens

Since the invention of the lens, the world of insects has been revealed in amazing detail. Though there a lot of nasty little nippers out there.

Ones bed pillow soon becomes loaded with millions of dust mites, as does the matress. So renew them long before they wear out.

Land sakes, just think of 'em crawling around at night !!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 20, 2010 9:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: The eye of the lens

Right on, Sir Mondo!

When I was in the Philippines, some of the
younger generation (out from school) were
running nimble fingers through one another's
hair, searching for lice and other creepy
crawlies. YUCK ...

Not to mention the "sea urchin" that stung
the bottom of my wife's cousin's right footsie.

Yep, them scorpions are looking mighty
gentle in comparison.

And, I'm not talkin' 'bout the Rock Band.

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Dec 8, 2011 5:47 pm - Voted 10/10

pure pleasure

to find such beauty by chance!

best greets,

Tomek Lodowy

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 8, 2011 7:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: pure pleasure

Thanks, Tomek! It was taken during my last
trip to SE Asia.

Now, I just gotta convince my boss I'm due for
another trip.

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