Mind-blowing facts and legends about dragonflies
There are uncertainties about the derivation of the name dragonfly: for some, it derives from the Latin “libellum”, which means free; for others, it derives from the Latin “libra”, that is, scales, due to the position it assumes while flying.
Often considered a magical insect for its gracefulness, speed and elegance in flight, the dragonfly is also an animal with many mind-blowing facts and legends to be explored and told. Let’s see some of them:
- Despite the six legs, the dragonfly cannot walk. The legs are used, however, to capture prey.
- It can fly at fifty kilometres per hour and independently move the front and rear wings to control and measure power, energy expenditure and speed.
- It has a relatively large head compared to other insects, and the eyes are formed by over 30,000 tiny hexagonal facets, each of which has its lens and retina, allowing it to have a 360-degree view.
- It breathes from the anus.
- It can live from six months to six or seven years.
- In Japan, the dragonfly is very popular, so much so that it was also engraved in samurai armor as a symbol of power, agility and victory.
- For Native Americans, on the other hand, it symbolises happiness, speed and purity.
- It is considered by many to be a symbol of transformation and rebirth.
- The presence of the dragonfly in streams and rivers indicates the excellent condition of the waters in which it is found.
I have to admit it, I don’t know exactly which species this dragonfly that I managed to photograph in Sweden belongs to, whether it is Calopteryx Virgo or Splendens (or maybe both) as, as often happens, the differences are minimal.
I just know that its sparkling electric blue has caught my eye. And it allowed me to discover another masterpiece of Mother Nature and all the mind-blowing facts and legends of this beautiful animal.
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6 thoughts on “Mind-blowing facts and legends about dragonflies”
Libellula blu “Damigella” -Calopteryx splendens. Ne ho trovata una anni fa a casa mia e lo portata dal mio Prof di entomologia. Era estasiato.
Ma tutte le foto sono una Splendens?
Perché ci sono delle piccole differenze e per questo non riuscivo a capire…
Comunque ci credo che era estasiato, sono stupende😍😍
Grazie mille 😊🙏🏻
Non mi inoltro nella differenza tra damigelle e libellule. Hai scattato una bella foto che mi ha ricordato i tempi a l’università.
Se vuoi inoltrare pure che ho una gran voglia di imparare 😃
La differenza tra damigelle e libellule a colpo d’occhio quando sono ferme-Le libellule tengono le ali aperte e orizzontali. Le damigelle tengono le ali verticali e chiuse sopra il corpo. Le libellule sono più grandi rispetto alle fragile damigelle. Ecco un ottimo link per saperne di più.
Grazie infinite, davvero interessante e ottimo per approfondire questo meraviglioso mondo 😊😍