Dragonflies grabbed my imagination this summer.
The daredevil mixed with a bit of the gymnast.
Watching a dragonfly is like watching a visitor from another age…an ancient insect in real time.
They belong to the infraorder Anisoptera, whose Greek roots means uneven wings (the hindwing being broader than the forewing.)
The dragonfly has spurred the imagination of many cultures over the ages. The British referred to them as the devil’s darning needle. In Norway they were eye-pokers.
Native Americans, not surprisingly, saw dragonflies more as a part of the natural world–representing swiftness and activity.
For the Navajo they symbolized pure water.
For me, I saw Spiderman…on a break.
I also witnessed a mid-day rendezvous.
Dragonfly coupling…the orignal hook-up.
On the way to consummation, there are aerial acrobatics to spare. Their favorite position?
According to The Joy of Dragonfly Sex, it’s tandem linkage.
The pond’s reflection is like having a mirror over your bed.
Really, I’ll call you.