Dragonfly

This picture was sent to us from a customer.  It would only make sense that we would have a lot of pictures of Dragonflies.  Dragonflies, I believe bring good luck.  They are a symbol of transformation and life’s ever-constant process of change. Change…..we seem to be hearing that a lot lately.  I could spend hours sitting by my pond watching dragonflies, as they are so amazing, how quickly they can land in on a pond plant, change flight patterns and sparkle in the sunlight. 

Dragonflies are usually always found around your pond eating small insects and mosquitoes helping to control the population of harmful insects.  Their larvae, known as “nymphs” are aquatic.

Plants that one may put in their water feature to attract dragonflies and damselflies would be rushes and sedges that rise up above the water surface, that provide a perch for them.  Horsetail rush, cattails, zebratails and other long stemmed sedges and rushes are good for this.  Try to keep them away from fast moving water or waterfalls.  They prefer calming waters.   These type of plants also give the juveniles a place to crawl up when they emerge from the water.  By putting other water plants such as marsh marigolds, ludwigia, arrowheads, and irises etc. it gives them a place to lay their eggs.  Lay some bright colored flat rocks around the edges of your pond for the dragonflies and damselflies to sit on.   To encourage them to hang around your water garden try planting other wildflowers around your pond.  You’ll not only attract dragonflies but will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. 

We chose the name Dragonfly Aquatics because of the beauty and symbolism of the dragonfly.  What better way to describe the enjoyment one gets from their water garden.

4 thoughts on “Dragonfly

  1. geri says:

    i once purchased a water plant that was very unique the place i bought it from does not know what it was i boughjt it straight out of one of their smaller ponds it had leaves made up of lots of smaller leaves when they floated back together after being disturbed ihave never found another one unfortunately it died one winter i love your sight and thought you may know of this plant

    • dragonfly says:

      There is the sensitive plant that floats on top the water that sounds like what your describing. There are two different ones, one regular size and one large. They are shown on our site, http://www.dragonflyaquatics.com under the category of Floating Plants. It will get tiny yellow flowers on it. The fern-like leaves close when touched or distrubed and then reopens. Barb
      Sensitive Plant on site.

  2. Debbie says:

    Last year, I had so many dragonflies! It was amazing and so beautiful. My pond has been around for 5 years, but last year there was an explosion of baby dragonflies. It was great because it deceased the number of mosquitoes! As the summer went on many of the dragonflies stayed near the pond and I hope I will have more this year.

    • dragonfly says:

      Hi Debbie,
      I think the dragonflies around my pond are one of my favorite things about the pond. That’s why I chose the name Dragonfly Aquatics. And like you said, they do eat the insects. Thanks for sharing.

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