Dragonflies

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands.

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Meaning of dragonfly symbol?

The meaning of a dragonfly changes with each culture. The main symbolisms of the dragonfly are renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has - which is a lesson for all of us.

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Is the mosquito hawk the same as a dragonfly?

According to my grandma Sadie (born & raised in Florida) they are the same thing.

Well, they can be.

"Mosquito hawk" is what we call a "common name", or an "informal name"; it is what people call any particular animal or plant in a particular place or time. It need not be correct, for example a mosquito is not a hawk and not a mosquito and it means different things in different places, and in a lot of places it means nothing at all because lots of people don't use the name. Common names are useful because they enable people in a particular place to talk about animals and plants and more or less understand each other most of the time, but they also are confusing because most animals and plants have no common names at all, most those that do have common names have more than one even in the same language, some in different places. Most common names also apply to more than one animal or plant. And a lot of common names have wrong meanings.

"Formal" or "scientific" names may be a bit harder to use in many ways, but they do better than common names in some of those ways.

For example, in some places a mosquito hawk is a Crane fly (also called a "daddy long legs". See what I mean about common names?). A crane fly is not a mosquito (though it , not a hawk, and doesn't hawk mosquitoes. It is a member of the fly Family Tipulidae, and that is a name that an insect scientist (entomologist) will recognise in any language in any place in the world.

In some places a mosquito hawk is indeed a dragonfly as grandma Sadie rightly said. It also is neither a mosquito nor a hawk, but it does catch mosquitoes in the air; it "hawks" them all right.

In some places a mosquito hawk is a damselfly. Damselflies are very closely related to dragonflies, and like dragonflies, damselflies are neither hawks nor mosquitoes, but do hawk mosquitoes. Most people who call dragonflies mosquito hawks also call damselflies mosquito hawks. Both are in the order Odonata, and again, an entomologist in any country should know the name Odonata, and what it means.

Crane flies are in the order Diptera and therefore are practically unrelated to dragonflies and damselflies.

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Can a dragonfly kill a tarantula?

Yes i have a pet dragonfly a i fed it live tarantulas :)

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Do dragonflies have stingers?

NO there just like butter flies sweet and there share there homes with us

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Can you eat dragonflies without cooking them?

yes but its not safe

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What happens when a dragonfly can't fly?

It will most likely die or get eaten.

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What does the sign of the dragonfly symbolize?

It symbolizes freedom or good luck for some people.

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Are dragonflies related to house flies?

House flies are from the taxonomical order Diptera, meaning two-winged, whereas the four-winged dragonflies and damselflies are from the order Odanata, so the two would not be considered closely related. Also, the dragonflies are predators and have mouth parts adapted for preying on other insects. House flies are not able to do this.

There are many other differences despite the fact the two-winged flies are considered by some to have evolved from the four-winged variety.

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What are similarities between a butterfly and a bird?

1. They both fly

2. They both live on tree

3. They both have wings

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Is a dragonfly a consumer decomposer or a producer?

A Decomposer is a dragonfly really a decomposer

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How do mosquito hawks mate?

Dragonflies mate in a rather unusual manner called the "wheel" (also known as a "heart shape").

The male grabs the female's head with the tip of his abdomen (end of the tail), and she curves the tip of her tail to a higher position on his abdomen. Here he had previously deposited semen from his own tail (the testes) into a secondary receptacle which includes his penis. This organ connects to the female's ovipositor, and the sperm is transferred to the female. (In most cases, the penis is used to first remove sperm left from previous matings.) In many species, the male remains attached to the female as she lays her eggs.

The grasping of the female's head is not always gentle, and can cause severe but seldom fatal injuries.

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What does a dragonfly tattoo symbolize?

Here are opinions and answers from WikiAnswers Contributors: * I have one and it's for good luck. * The artist who did my dragonfly tattoo told me that it symbolizes freedom. * The dragon fly is symbolic for change and being okay with it. Here is a story: The Dragonfly Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever. Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying. So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life! * The dragonfly�s shell is designed with special facets that reflect and refract their beautiful colors in the light of the sun. This almost sparkling appearance has leant added meaning to the dragonfly�s form. They�ve taken on a mystical and magical symbolism. The dragonfly�s magic is its light magic, and all of the wonderful similes, metaphors and clich�s that light has inspired. In Japan, the Japanese people have chosen to honor the dragonfly as a symbol of joy and new light. Thus, the dragonfly has come to be an image that inspires us to not only learn to practice the shedding and mirroring of light in our own lives, but to learn to see when others are doing it, too! Additionally, dragonflies certainly aren�t limited to women! In Native American astrology, there is a strong belief that each person has a totem animal spirit which serves as their guardians and guides through certain phases of life. Often, an individual would have many different totems throughout life, some for just a time, and some for their entire lives. And one of these totem spirits was the spirit of the dragonfly. It would adopt men and women, young and old. The dragonfly spirit means you must consciously make an effort to express your hopes, dreams, needs and wishes. The dragonfly spirit is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Its medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing. You can turn to the dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. * Three bugs talking about the mysteries of life. Once in a while one friend would crawl up a piece of grass and disappear forever. They made a pact that if one of them left they would come back and let the others know what happened. One day it happened, he had the call to climb the grass and as he broke through the surface he paused and shook away his hard shell and discovered he had wings. He found he could fly and in his flight he discovered his world was brighter than anything he had ever imagined and the beauty was breathtaking. He remembered his pact with the others below and started down to the water. He tried and tried to break through the surface to reach his friends and couldn't. He know they would join him one day and that they too would see the beauty of this new world. The birth of the dragonfly after his years of life as a larva. This story was used to explain the death and passage to heaven of a grandparent to a child. I lost my mother and this story also brought me comfort. I also wait to break out of the murky water and join the others I love in the bright light of Heaven. * I have a Dragonfly/Katsumushi tattoo'd on my right leg. It was a gift to me on my 30th birthday from someone who had taught me much.. It symbolizes invincibility, wisdom, speed/agility, and is symbolic of being a messenger from ~ another world. It is still considered by some of us as good luck in returning from battle. * The dragonfly represents many things to different cultures. I will add that in ancient Japanese culture, the dragonfly represented protection and good luck to warriors on the battle field. In many Native American tribes dragonflies symbolize whirlwind, swiftness and much activity. That being said, having a dragonfly tattoo could be a representation of any of these symbols. * All the members of the band Coheed and Cambria have dragonfly tattoos because of the cover of their first album (The Second Stage Turbine Blade) it is not uncommon for die hard fans of the band to get the same tattoo.

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Numerology

What is numerology for dragonflies?

If by 'numerology' you really mean the 'collective noun' for dragonflies, e.g. flock of sheep or gaggle of geese, then the collective noun for dragonflies is a cluster or flight.

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Are dragonflies lucky?

Dragonfly tends to symbolise- Good events at/in home, good news. I would consider that lucky.

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Does the dragonfly have double wings?

yes

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How do you care for a dying dragonfly?

You can't really, they are water bugs when the come out from the water they become a dragonfly. Dragonflies only live for 24 hours, so, if you see a dragonfly dying, don't do anything, it is supposed to happen.

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How many species are in the order odonata?

There are two species in the order odonata, dragonflies and damselflies.

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Why is the dragonfly called the terror of insect world?

One reason might be that they are carnivorous predators and eat many smaller insects. The adults fly around and catch smaller insects in the air, while the larvae hunt smaller insects and other invertebrates under water. Also, many dragonflies are very large for insects. However they are completely harmless to humans and do not bite, sting or carry disease. In fact, they are good for humans because they eat harmful insects such as mosquitoes.

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What are the characteristic of a damselfly?

Damselflies come in many colors

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Where can you buy a green Dragonfly Tiffany lamp like the one displayed at the Dragonfly Inn on Gilmore Girls?

Answer

ebay or try google search try several times

I have also found that Overstock has a lot of these Tiffany lamps. Better yet, everything costs $2.95 to ship. I've had great luck.

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How long is the lifespan of a dragonfly?

Although the adults are relatively short-lived (usually no more than four weeks), the aquatic immatures (naiads) may live for up to three years before molting to the adult stage. Adults are very weak and fragile, and even though they're tiny they could be pretty noticable by their predators.

The may sometimes be mistaken for mayflies (Order Ephemeroptera), in which the adults of some species do not live more than a day or so.

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Doves and Pigeons

Pigeons and there spiritual meaning?

The most common interpretation for Pigeon is found in tea leaf reading where finding a pigeon means - News from abroad.

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Gay Lesbian and Bisexual

Do dragonflies represent or symbolize homosexuality?

The dragonfly is not a standard symbol within the LGBT community, but some other animals are:

  • Bear - symbolizes hairy, stocky, and/or muscular gay men
  • Otter - symbolizes hairy, slender, gay men
  • Rhinoceros - Gay activists in Boston chose the purple rhinoceros as a symbol of the gay movement after conducting a media campaign in 1974
  • Seahorse - symbol of gay fathers

There are several non-animal symbols as well.



The dragonfly is not a standard symbol within the LGBT community, but some other animals are:

  • Bear - symbolizes hairy, stocky, and/or muscular gay men
  • Otter - symbolizes hairy, slender, gay men
  • Rhinoceros - Gay activists in Boston chose the purple rhinoceros as a symbol of the gay movement after conducting a media campaign in 1974
  • Seahorse - symbol of gay fathers

There are several non-animal symbols as well.

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What is a Common Darter dragonflies' adaptations?

they can stick

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Taxonomy

What is the scientific name for the green darner dragonfly?

The scientific name is Anax Junius.

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