A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

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This image was taken last month on a walk through Inniswood Gardens. What an interesting insect and one I know very little about. After downloading this image I began to wonder what their role was in the cycle of life? So, as most of us do now a days, I “Googled-it” and found some cool stuff. Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes (yea), and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. Even though dragonflies possess 6 legs like any other insect, they are not capable of walking. In some cultures they are a source of food, considered a delicacy. They have various symbolism in cultures. For some Native American tribes they represent swiftness and activity, and for the Navajo they symbolize pure water. Vietnamese people have a traditional way to forecast rain by seeing dragonflies. In Japan dragonflies symbolize “martial success,” due to similarity in the sound of the word “dragonfly” and “victory” in Japanese. And, here I thought it was a cool insect to photograph, if it would only stop long enough.


Written by Monte Stevens

September 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Animals/Insects

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  1. He is resting beautifully, posed for for a perfect photo.


    September 25, 2009 at 5:28 am

  2. Not only is this an incredibly detailed photo, but you’ve captured his strength and power by photographing him during his workout! How else could he bend that stem? Again, Monte Stevens, your talent for composition and subject matter amaze me!


    September 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

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