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The Friendly Dragonfly

Looking at this picture, one can make two, or possibly even three, observations.

First, there is plenty of evidence that a fair amount of ecologic welfare is still in place, here in Mallorca. The Common Dragonfly of the Libellulidae family is a testimony to the variety of insect life here on the island. Second, this is another proof to the fact that there is no shortage of subjects and topics to write about here on this Mallorca Daily Photo Blog, as long as one keeps one’s eyes firmly to the ground, and one’s heart and one’s mind open at all times. And thirdly, it is quite obvious that I should need to invest in a new camera with a macro facility and a much better lens than my present one. How to convince my wife of such necessities I do not presently know. Sadly, I can’t be sure that the Dragonfly will convincingly validate my urge.

According to Wikipedia, Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes and other small insects like flies, ants, butterflies and even bees. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvæ, known as nymphs, are aquatic. I found this particular species yesterday in the puerto of Cala Figuera (Santanyí). If I am not mistaken, this orange dragonfly may well be a Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata), and quite possibly a male one, as it happens. Please correct me if I am wrong.

It is said that the Dragonfly is not usually loved or liked. Some European cultures even consider this insect as sinister. In Japan, the Dragonfly is seen as a seasonal symbol, associated with late summer and early autumn, as well as a metaphor for courage, strength and happiness. I do not know how the Spanish or our Mallorcan friends feel about this insect but let me tell you that I was very happy yesterday to spot this little Tombo (Japanese for Dragonfly).

The photo (top) was taken near Santanyí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 2nd, 2010. The time was 12:21:59. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Thank you very much.

2 replies »

  1. having literally stumbled across this site, I am so very impressed with the photos and the compilation of ” well above average ” well written data. Kudos!!!

  2. Hello!
    Your image portrays the Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea). The Flame Skimmer is not a European species.
    I came upon your site while looking for insect reports from Mallorca. My wife and I shall be staying in Alcudia during the first haf of May.

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