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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dragonflies are welcomed here.

Dragonflies are welcomed guests in the garden. They are valuable predators that eat small insects such as mosquitoes, flies and ants.This evening, while I was walking up and down my yard watering the plants, I found this. It was a dragonfly perched stationary on a leaf of my lemongrass plant. That's the closest I can get to it without it flying off. The leaf is so light. How can this dragonfly stand on it?


I like dragonflies. I remember when I was a kid, we used to see many colourful dragonflies and damselflies near flowering plants and bushes. Out of curiosity, we would catch them and they were quite easy to catch with our bare hands. After looking at them, we would release them again. It was nice seeing these beautiful dragonflies fly off and continue with their rounds, visiting the colourful flowers that had attracted them. One day, I saw some naughty kids clipping off their wings after they catch the dragonflies. It was very heartbreaking to see these poor creatures crawling around, unable to fly. After this incident, I didn't want to catch them any more.

Dad used to tell me that insects have life too and that we should not harm them if we can avoid it. Whenever dad saw an overturned beetle, he would turn them upright again because he didn't want to see ants swarming over the it. Nowadays, I will do the same too.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lady after my own heart! I help any insect I can except wasps (I'm allergic), deer flies (also allergic), and mosquitos (just because they bite me).

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  2. You captured a nice shot of the dragonfly. I always feel sad when I hear of situations where people have mistreated creatures of any kind. But you have a great way of looking at life!

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  3. Raingardener, Cinj, Jan.
    I'm so happy that you came to have a look at my blog today. Its Fourth of July, today, so I'll wish you all, Happy Independence Day!

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  4. Dragonfly is rare in my place ... only small butterflies ocassionally.. ~ bangchik

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  5. What a good post! I think your Dad is a very nice person!

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  6. Bangchik, there are ponds and water gardens in our area here, maybe that's why we can see the dragonfly.

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  7. Good job capturing such a nice picture. Mine never seem to work out like that! Happy 4th!

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  8. Tatyana & Heather, Thank you very much for the compliments. Happy July 4th!

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  9. Dragonflies are attracted to water. That's a nice photo you took.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Hi, Flowerlady. Good to hear from you. Happy 4th.

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  11. Aww, I think the dragonfly was posing for you so you could write this cute post, Autumn Belle! I was actually following one around my garden the other day..trying to take a picture..but never succeeded. They are fun to watch!
    Thanks for your visit!
    Lynn

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  12. Lynn, I'm sure the dragonflies at your garden are very colourful. You have such beautiful blooms.

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  13. utterflies do visit but I do not see dragonflies in my garden. Someone told me if the quality of water is good, you'll see lots of dragonflies.

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  14. Keats, with all the development going around to build beautiful homes for human beings like us, the dragonflies have to sacrifice their habitat, I guess. As for the damselflies, where are they now?

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