I’ve seen dragonfly in rice paddies in the past, and thought that they look beautiful, and seeing them today brought back my childhood memories growing up in the farm in Thailand, the town that we lived in is called Ban Na, very appropriate for the name because it means rice paddies village. I had a chance to visit my neighbor’s rice paddy again today, and saw dragonflies hovering over the rice paddy.
It has been awhile since I read about dragonfly, I came across some interesting reading from enchantedlearning.com that the dragonfly is a flying insect that can hover in mid-air. It eats other insects, catching them while it is flying, (and according to wikipedia, dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies.) They are therefore valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. There are many different species of dragonflies, and most of them are found near water. The earliest dragonflies appeared over 300 million years ago.
Like all insects, the dragonfly has a three-part body: a head, a thorax, and a long, thin, segmented abdomen. The dragonfly has 2 large compound eyes that take up most of the head. On the short thorax there are three pairs of jointed legs and two pairs of long, delicate, membranous wings. The dragonfly breathes through spiracles (tiny holes in the abdomen).
Life cycle: A dragonfly undergoes incomplete metamorphosis. The larva hatches from an egg which is laid in water, in plants near water, or even underwater. As this aquatic (living in the water) larva (called a nymph) grows, it molts (loses its old skin) many times. When fully-grown, it emerges from the water, using the claws on its feet to crawl onto a plant. The dragonfly flies away over land. It only returns to the water to reproduce and continue this cycle. The life span ranges from about 6 months to over 7 years (most of it is spent in the nymph stage – the adult lives for only a few weeks).
They also have beautiful Zenas at the edge of the rice paddy.
Since we’re on the subject of flower, Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs/trees that my mom absolutely loved, and that might be one of the reasons as to why I planted several trees in my yard, seeing them in bloom made me think of my mom, this one of mine is odd, 2 colors in 1 tree, I have several pink Crape myrtle trees in my backyard.