FACT: An adept hunter of mosquitoes and other pests, the dragonfly is the aerial acrobat of the insect world. Dragonflies are propelled by two independently moving pairs of wings. They can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph, both forward and backward, sometimes using only one set of wings at a time. With as many as 30,000 lenses per eye, dragonflies have the largest eyes of any insect and can detect motion from distances of 40 feet. In existence for at least 300 million years, this prehistoric insect straddles water and air as it does time. A dragonfly spends most of its life as an aquatic nymph, requiring up to five years and twelve molts to achieve airborne adulthood.
SPIRIT: Embodiment of the power of light and of adaptation. The dragonfly inhabits both water and air, demonstrating the dual necessity of the emotional and mental, as well as the importance of new perspectives. A dragonfly’s vibrant coloration takes time to develop and may pass through several different stages before reaching it’s final hue, just as it takes time for us to mature and allow our own true colors to come forward. Considered to be the spirits of rice plants by the Japanese and the souls of the dead returning to earth by Native Americans, dragonflies symbolize victory in battle, happiness, good fortune and above all… life.