We love Dragonflies so much that we used one in our logo. Let me tell you a story!
A long time ago (about 38 years) I was a small person with a love for my dummy so much so that my mum couldn’t get me to part with it. One day we went out to a local wetland and my Mum stumbled on the perfect way to get the dummy off me.
As we were walking around there were lots of Dragonflies and I was fascinated by them.
My Mum took this opportunity to tell me my dummies were needed for the Dragonfly babies. Without a fuss I was happy to give them up.
When it was time to design a logo for the business a Dragonfly was the natural outcome as me and mum are still fascinated to this day by them, how could we not be they are Amazing insects.
These beautiful winged creatures have been around for more than 300 million years !! Fossils have been found with wingspans of 2 ½ feet!!!
Over this time Dragonflies have evolved into more than 5,000 different species! Our own myths and legends about the Dragonfly have had plenty of time to evolve too.
From their iridescent colours to the way they fly has inspired symbolism and art since humans have shared the Dragonfly’s world.
Symbolism of Dragonflies
Due to their amazing metamorphosis one of the biggest things dragonflies symbolise is transformation and change.
Dragonflies live most of their lives as nymphs (funny looking larvae) under the water in ponds and wetlands, but they are not true Dragonflies until they climb out of the water and shed their outer layer, transforming into the winged masterpieces we all know.
Due to their dual life, in water as a nymph and then an acrobat of the sky in adulthood, adaptability is their biggest trait and one we all need, you never know what’s round the corner and the ability to adapt is an essential part of why, after millions of years, the Dragonfly is still with us.
Dragonflies are also a symbol of power, poise and joy. I like to think these are all aspects of their flight. The power in the wings is incredible at 20 times the strength of other insect wings. They can beat them up to 1,800 times a minute and can travel on average 8 miles a day. For a little guy that must be a few marathons.
The poise and moveability of a Dragonfly is like nothing else, They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying. Catching more than 95 per cent of the prey they target – makes them the most accurate and deadly hunter in the animal kingdom! They eat mosquitoes and other small insects such as flies, bees, ants, wasps and the occasional butterfly, which they hunt around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands.
Engineers aspire to design robots that have the ability to fly like the Dragonfly.
I think we can all agree joy is the feeling you get when watching their mesmerising flight over the water as the sun sparks off a lightning show over the body of this winged miracle of nature.
The Dragonfly is also known as a symbol of maturity, this is likely to be because it takes so long ( up to two years) for an immature Nymph ( those funny looking larvae) to mature into their adult Dragonfly form.
Wisdom is also associated with the Dragonfly. Maybe because The Celts connect the Dragonfly with the ability to see truth; with the sight of the ancient, powerful Dragons who were guardians of the Sacred Stones and magical wells.
There isn’t much guessing as to why illumination is also attributed to this magical winged creature….their bodies sparkle and flash brilliant light and colours as they take to the air.
The Myths and Legends
Celtic Lore has always connected the Dragonfly with the Fairy Folk. Irish myth tells us that the Dragonfly is the horse of the fairy world and is used to flit instantaneously from one realm to the next. Another lore says that Dragonflies are fairies hiding in plain sight and can only be glimpsed as fairies at the right angle. The Celts also associate them with ancient powerful dragons that were said to guard sacred stones, magical wells and places of spiritual importance.
Japanese stories tell of a Dragonfly saving a young Emperor from being attacked by a dangerous insect. The Dragonfly appeared and ate the offending bug thus protecting the Emperor.
Dragonflies have been found on warriors armour and were thought to be carried into battle as totems of invincibility.
For some Native American tribes, Dragonflies spiritually represent swiftness and activity…. as such, the Dragonfly ultimately represents hope and infinite possibilities.
For the Navajo tribe the Dragonfly is also the symbol for pure water.
By Alfred Lord Tennyson
Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.
Andreas Strauss. 16 June 2007
Dragonfly o Dragonfly
framed against a lazy summer sky,
you’ll hover and ponder out yonder,
like an acrobat you fly.
You’ll dance and dart, hover and peer,
Touching, stalking, feathered walking.
On pond shadows dark and near,
onto sunbeams sparkling clear.
Casting imaged reflections,
on a mirrored surface of life’s crystal pond.
Where ever-diminishing dainty rippled circles,
disappear onto a distant misty shore beyond.
You’ll ponder and peep,
through dark secrets your pond might keep,
captured images of animals & bees,
scented flowers & soft young trees.
About political boundary bursts,
and agonizing desert thirsts.
While strife-torn agony song is being sung,
at the scorching heat of the searing Sun.
Witnessing a climate change,
Industrial, Oil, Air & Waste pollution.
With no workable clean-up program in site,
to warrant a solution.
Our planet’s resources stretched,
to its limits by human misery & industry untold.
Life’s habitats are disappearing,
the beginning of Earth end is nearing.
It is inevitable that soon, to soon,
after million a year, on life’s crystal ponds so clear.
You’ll too succumb to man’s industrious endeavours,
and for eternity disappear.