September 5

Tuesday Treasures

Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly

Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly

"I am the dragonfly rising on the wings of unlocked dreams on the verge of magical things."  Aimee Stewart

The presence of dragonflies in our Teaching Garden is an indication of a healthy ecosystem.  Their presence reflects environmental quality because they need the clean water of nearby streams and ponds, as well as indigenous foliage in order to thrive.   The absence of dragonflies would indicate that pesticides and chemical fertilizers are contaminating the local environment. 

We need dragonflies for our own well-being!!   They feed on mosquitoes and their larvae.  And no, be assured that even though that protruding abdomen may look like a "stinger" -  dragonflies won't harm you in the least.