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The magic and mystic of the dragonfly, an ongoing witness of our history, beholds and shares all the wonders of this land, giving the right vision and understanding, as it makes itself known to the eye of the travellers. What is special about dragonflies and damselflies? * “The highest known local diversity of dragonflies is in South America. Dragonflies are some of the oldest insects whose ancestors flew the earth over 300 million years ago. They are beautiful aerial jewels with stunning colors, fascinating behavior and majestic powers of flight. There is extensive folklore about dragonflies dating back many centuries. In many countries they are revered as symbols of strength, regeneration, and pure water; whilst in others they are feared as shamanistic creatures with supernatural powers or symbolize instability and weakness. Dragonflies are actually harmless to humans as they have no sting and will not attack. In fact, as well as being an integral part of wetland ecosystems, they can be of great benefit to us all, as unrivalled indicators of the health of aquatic environments. Dragonflies have aquatic larvae, which generally rely on good quality water. Consequently they can be used to make rapid assessments of water quality and indicate a healthy ecosystem”.
* Published by the Scottish Natural Heritage online.