The dragon fly and why it is called so

When it rains dragon flies are all around. My garden is full of dragon flies when it rains and also because of the waterlily tubs here. However, they cannot lay their eggs here as I keep changing the water frequently. These insects keep mosquitoes at bay. 


I have always wondered why this insect is called a dragon fly and I learned this fact which I thought I will share with you as you see the image.


The name dragon fly is comes from the Roman name 'Drac' for devil, however it was wrongly translated to dragon instead of devil or drac and it became dragon fly. Hmm, devil fly isn't a great name either for these harmless creatures. Did you know this before? I didn't.


The scientific name for dragon fly is Anisoptera meaning toothed one.


 


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Adams Toskid
16 Mar

Hmmm. I don't know anything about this insect at all, I don't even know what they call it in English...but they have a name we call it here. "Mongana" come out when rainfall

Thanks for the info you share with us, I learned from it. 

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Sofs Su
16 Mar

I learned the Nigerian name for dragon flies from you. Mongana sounds nice. Thank you.

9

Lubna Rao
16 Mar

Nature is very important and improve our life style. 

Dragon fly name I don't know before this.but we call it A Airplane means Jahaaaz in Urdu. 

22

Sofs Su
16 Mar

We call it by another nickname here Helicopter flies. You call it aeroplane flies.

9

Lubna Rao
16 Mar

Similar names.... Haha haha😅😄😅😄

5

Jeremiah Akpabio
16 Mar

I've known this insert since I was a child. It used to jump up and down ponds water. The only thing I do not know is its economic important to the environment. 

22

Sofs Su
16 Mar

Ecologically each creature is important in the food chain.

15

Jean Young
16 Mar

Oh wow, these pictures brought back memories of my childhood!

One of our favorite past times when we are on the field playing is to see who can capture these dragonflies in the shortest time possible. When we see a dragonfly nestled on a leaf or flower, we will slowly and quietly sneak behind it and slowly capture it by its tail.

It has a big bulging eye looking at you and a very fragile transparent wings. After we capture it, we just let it go again, and continue playing. :)

22

Sofs Su
16 Mar

LOL we played those games as well. Hmm childhood's carefree games involved nature and learning from it. There was so much fun in learning.

Thanks @Jean Young for stopping by.

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Gohar Ali
16 Mar

I know its name but don't have knowledge about why its name is dragon fly. Its good that its name is not devil fly. Fishermen took it as a good luck sign. 

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Sofs Su
16 Mar

Hmm.. that means when  dragonflies are around there is pleanty of fish around . I didn't know it was a goodluck sign to anyone.

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