Butterflies

Butterflies are beautiful and I am fascinated at their beauty every time I see them.  Those that have tried to photograph them know it is not an easy task as they are always on the go and do not sit still for long to be photographed. 

Universally the butterfly is symbolic of metamorphosis, rebirth and renewal, beauty and the transitory nature of beauty itself. There are various superstitions around butterflies. However, the most common one is that they are indication of good luck.

Butterflies and Moths have holometabolic life cycles.  This means that they have four stages in their life cycles (egg, larva, pupa and adult) and a complete metamorphosis occurs between the larval and adult forms.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies and Damselflies are always found near water. They are in the order Odonata meaning “toothed ones.” The reason for the title is their serrated mandibles. When hunting, Dragonflies catch prey with their feet, tear off the prey’s wings with their sharp jaws so it can’t escape, and swallow the the bug all without needing to land.

Dragonflies can fly in any direction, including sideways and backward, and can hover in a single spot for a minute or more. This amazing ability is one factor in their success as aerial ambush predators – they can move in on unsuspecting prey from any direction.

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