- Asanee Wasan-Dern Pen(Full Moon)
I found some interesting reading about dragonflies, and didn’t know that dragonflies have been on Earth for more than 250 million years. They predated birds and outlived dinosaurs. Still, they are at risk, perhaps more now than ever. Habitats suitable for dragonflies are being lost to irrigation, pollution, and the destruction of rain forests. I’ve noticed lately, I thought I was going crazy seeing them in odd places, such as my work place parking lot, the shopping mall parking lot, the bank parking lot and the supermarket parking lot, and of course I didn’t have my camera with me, and even if I do, it would be hard to capture because they have no place to land, the cars and paved concrete are too hot. According to the National Geographic, people can help preserve dragonfly species in the following ways:
- Create new habitats. Dig a pond in your backyard, garden, or at your school. Soon, dragonflies will colonize them. A pond at your school will not only help dragonflies, but it will serve as an important teaching tool.
- Maintain ponds. Keep ponds from becoming overgrown with aquatic plants. Trim back surrounding trees. Dragonflies prefer sunny locations.
- Keep it clean! Ponds near farms are particularly susceptible to pollution. Encourage farmers to keep livestock separate from ponds. Manure reduces the oxygen level in water, harming dragonfly larvae.
- Support conservation. Organize a clean-up of a local wetland, or hold a fund-raiser to support wildlife reserves.
This one is real pretty, at first I thought it was a butterfly from afar because of its huge black wings but when looking closer, it’s a bluish green damselfly, I don’t think it’s a dragonfly mainly because of its thin body.
If you’ve not noticed already, I’m fascinated with this rice paddy, it’s obviously to the point that if I were to look sad at work, my boss would say, “what’s the matter, did your rice paddy die?” I think it’s so pretty, as for the owners of the rice paddies, they might be planting to feed the family, but if you were to look closely, they’ve also created a habitat, a perfect environment for these dragonflies and damselflies without realizing it. It’s real pretty seeing it from the road.
So, this is where I go for my smoking break, but I don’t smoke.