The Mystifying And Symbolic Dragonfly

I took the photo of the black dragonfly during our vacation and Dirt Man took the others on a hike near a swamp. We were swarmed by mosquitos on a hike and came upon a mess of brambles that had dragonflies fluttering about it. When we came upon the dragonflies, we were no longer annoyed with the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes just happen to be the main course of a dragonflie’s diet! I am intrigued by dragonflies so I started reading about them. The most interesting information I found is reprinted here…I did not write this, it comes from

Symbolisms of the Dragonfly

  • Maturity and a Depth of character
    The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. credit:

  • Power and Poise
    The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity.
    The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects.  The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is? Credit:

  • Defeat of Self Created Illusions
    The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions. Credit:

  • Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
    The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly. Credit:

  • The opening of one’s eyes
    The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds. Credit:

47 thoughts on “The Mystifying And Symbolic Dragonfly

  1. The photos are extraordinary as are the creatures themselves. I loved reading about them and although I’ve seen them and admired them all my life, there was a lot I didn’t know about them. Truly fascinating creations and what a marvelous way to live life! Thank you Suzicate!

  2. Fascinating post, Suzi!

    “I am intrigued by dragonflies .”

    Me too, so now, after reading this informative post I know WHY!

    “By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.”

    Loved that meaning. One of which I try to do.

    I truly believe in the sybolism of nature. As I’ve shared with you before, I’ve had a healing session with a Native American Indian one time, and he explained each totem animal that was a part of my life and what each one meant. And it made total sense to me.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. Really enjoyed!


    Great photos!

    • That’s interesting, Ron. I’ve always been interested in Native American culture as they have such an inspiring connection to nature. I’ll have a post next week about luna moths…yes we saw not just one but two while on vacation, one in the daytime!

  3. Love this post! The pictures are wonderfully explicit, showing off the very best part of the dragonfly. I also enjoyed the symbolism of each part of the insect. I think of them as sort of the benevolent helicopter of insect society 🙂

    I’ve had quite a few friends who are enchanted by dragonflies and now I know why? It’s not just the incredible fact of how many mosquitoes each dragonfly eats…it’s the spiritual essence of this being.

    Thanks for sharing, Suzi

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve found it quite interesting when I research things like this. It helps me understand people’s obsessions with certains objects etc. I know there are certain things I find inspiring even when I don’t know what it is that intrigues me.

  4. What amazing shots and a wondeful post. Funny I’ve always loved dragonflies and their symbolism. I took a bunch of pics at the park last week and was actually considering doing a dragonfly post tomorrow. You beat me to it 🙂

  5. I get your posts in an e-mail. I saw the title, but didn’t stop to read it right then. After having seen the title I saw a huge RED dragonfly in our yard. We often have dragonflies. I don’t remember having seen a red one before.

    Thanks for the info on our visitors!

  6. How cool. One of my favorite insects. Once my husband and I were in a boat and a dragonfly landed on his arm carrying its supper, a smaller insect. We watched as it finished its meal and flew away.

  7. Dragonfly is a fascinating and intriguing creature. You explained and showcased them well in your post. While sorting through my wedding pictures, I spotted a dragonfly on my dress in one of them. it made me feel special and blessed.
    walk in beauty.

  8. Love, love this post. I’ve always felt a connection with dragonflies and been fascinated by them. I spent one whole summer in college floating in a lake swarming with them, trying to get dragonfly shaped tan lines. It never worked because I couldn’t get them to land in the same place every time, but it was a fun idea.

  9. I love dragonflies, but when I was a kid we were frightened of them. We also called them Devil’s Darning Needles and we told by some neighbourhood kids that if you were stung by one you’d die. When you’re a little kid that’s kind of scary. I’m not even sure where that idea might have originated from… Interesting though.

  10. As with all the above mentioned comments, I also love dragonflies and don’t see enough of them in our small fish pond. It may have something to do with the fact that years ago I took all the cat tails out of it. they don’t have any cover now. How ever we do have Blue Herons and many fish.
    Thanks for this wonderful post.

  11. I already liked dragon flies, but now that I know they eat mosquitos, I love them more. The picture of the black dragonfly is my favorite because the wing detail is just gorgeous. I can’t seem to get close enough with my 12X zoom to get a good picture, which makes me admire these photos even more.

    Thanks for sharing the photos and the facts.

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