Monday, July 9, 2012

Bringer of Light

On our way to chase this rare Swallow-tailed Kite with a good friend, Mark McShane, disappointingly, we have not had much good luck. But I spotted this tiny lustrous dragonfly that brightened up my day.

Dragonfly is a very interesting insect. They have two pairs of transparent wings, three sets of legs and large compound eyes. They mate in the air and often time form a heart shape wheel. Eggs were laid on grassy area near water. Nymphs are hatched after about 2 to 5 weeks and they are aquatic. It could take any where from one to five years with many life cycles for nymphs to climb out of water and emerge themselves into adult form. Dragonfly can fly any direction, upwards, downwards, side way or backwards, pretty much like a helicopter. They are predators to mosquitoes, flies and other smaller insects and are no harm to human but they also have many predators, such as birds, frogs and lizards. Adult has a short life span of few months.

Male Eastern Amberwing. Click image to enlarge :)

Dragonfly is a beloved insect in almost every culture. They are active under bright sun and delightful visitors in gardens. We are often attracted by their iridescent wings and colorful body. In Japan, Samurai uses Dragonfly as a symbol of power. Chinese believe Dragonfly brings good luck and prosperity. In western culture, Dragonfly symbolizes change, especially changes in the perspective of self realization. By spending majority of life time under water before manifesting into a flying adult symbolizes one requires mental and emotional maturity for understanding the deeper meaning of life. Because it's short lived, Dragonfly also symbolizes focusing on living in the moment and living life to the fullest. When you live in the moment and live your life to the fullest, you know who you are, you know your goal and hopefully, make good decisions like a graceful Dragonfly, bring much sunshine into your life! -- Happy Birding! -- Linda

Note: If you like to chase rare, casual and accidental birds near the southeast region, you definitely don't want to miss Mark's blog,  NearGaReport!

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