Into The Dragon's (Fly) Lair in Langkawi !

According to Unsolved mysteries.com, the dragonfly has for centuries captivated human imaginations with its daredevil flying maneuvers, vibrant colors and bullish disposition. Predating the dinosaur, this fascinating insect of the order Odonata (meaning "toothed") has long been the subject of chilling myths and legends. In fact, the dragonfly's terrifying syringe-like appearance earned it a laundry list of dastardly names in world-wide folklore including "Devil's Darner," "Water Witch" and "Snake Doctor." Today, I have decided to face to face with the creature and found out that I was actually met with one of the friendliest creatures
has ever been told !


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The "Snake Doctor" - Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life !!! ( That's another myths about Dragonflies)


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In Japan, however, the dragonfly is symbolic of success, victory, happiness, strength and courage. During the 11th century noble Japanese families used the dragonfly as ornamentation on everything from furnishings to textiles. The dragonfly was chosen as a part of the Samurai family crest. Japan was not always named Japan. Japanese legend has it that an Emperor was bitten by a horsefly which, in turn, was eaten by a dragonfly. The Emperor honored the dragonfly by naming what is now Japan “Akitsushima” which, during that time, translated to “Isle of the Dragonfly”.


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According to "Life on a Little-known Planet" by Howard Ensign Evans, children of the island of Lombok catch dragonflies on long polls that are smeared with a sticky substance. The insects are then fried with onions. In Bali, dragonflies are fried with coconut oil and vegetables and spices. And in Thailand, Laos and other parts of eastern Asia, dragonfly larvae are served roasted. Uhhhhh...Yummy !


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There is also a myth that in the old days, dragonflies would seek out bad kids and sew their mouths together with their claspers while they slept. Gulp ! 


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A dragonfly’s eyes have about 30,000 lenses and a dragonfly can see all the way around it, but they don’t see details very well. Pity !


Source/Image: Wikipedia 

One of most delightful stories about the dragonfly is a Zuni myth about two children who were left behind by the villagers when the corn crop failed. The little boy constructed a toy dragonfly from corn husks to cheer up his sister. The dragonfly eventually came to life and appeased the corn maidens who created a bountiful harvest of corn to welcome the villagers back.


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Damselflies are similar to dragonflies but are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated. Damselflies have been around for about 200 million years and belong to the Order Odonata. Odonata means "tooth-jawed" and comes from a classification system developed by the 18th century entomologist, Johann Christian Fabricius.


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The most striking aspect of damselflies is their rich of colors: yellow, blue, red, green, violet, and orange. I am certain you all have seen these delicate and beautiful damselflies along small stream or river banks and i'm happy with this shot !


(Nikonian.Org)

The Samurai's Kamon or Family Crest - The Crossed Butterflies.



(Nikonian.Org)

Samurai Yoroi - Inspired by Butterflies





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