The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly

Why the Dragonfly?

The “Dragonfly” is a very significant element of the Melissa Roberts Foundation, as you would have seen with its prominent presence on the logo, merchandise and other material and documents.

Perhaps for most of us, seeing a Dragonfly hovering close by raises little interest or enthusiasm. Not so for our Mel.

From an early age Mel held a strong fascination for the Dragonfly. She would get very excited when one appeared, and would smile and stare in reverent awe until it took to the skies and disappeared.

Even as a young woman, the excitement and enthusiasm never waned for Mel. She owned a dragonfly necklace and also a beautiful dragonfly broach which Mel cherished. That broach has been replicated and now forms part of our merchandise stock, which includes many articles that proudly display “the dragonfly”.

It wasn’t until after our beloved Mel passed away that we decided to learn more about the dragonfly. It came as no surprise that we not only discovered what fascinating creatures they really are, but that they are also very symbolic creatures.

The qualities they symbolise are very consistent and relevant to the qualities that voice hearers need to aspire to, so they can begin the journey toward recovery. So the dragonfly, for many reasons, is a glove fit for the Foundation.

Trust our Mel to develop a strong affinity with the “perfect” creature.

Please take the time to read through some interesting facts and symbolic significance of these amazing creatures. Please also enjoy some of the photos which represent just a few of the many varieties of dragonflies.

Facts on the Dragonfly

  • The Dragonfly is believed to be one of the earliest flying insects to appear on earth.
  • Dragonflies can be found throughout most of the world with about 5000 species living today.
  • The Dragonfly is a very adaptable creature. They transform from an underwater nymph, by climbing from the water and clinging to the bank or a stick. The hard shell or armour splits and the damp wings unfold. Then as its coat hardens in the sunshine the dragonfly emerges, and darts into the air as graceful as a ballet dancer.
  • The Dragonfly is more energetic during summer, very much a creature of the air and the sun.
  • Their colour is the result of reflecting and refracting the power of light.
  • Their lifecycle commences in the water, and moving to the air with maturity, but staying close to water.
  • The adult dragonfly has a very short lifespan. It lives just long enough to mature and mate.
  • They are fantastic flyers, darting and dipping, twisting and turning, forwards and backwards, and even hovering like a helicopter.
  • The Dragonfly’s bulging, prominent eyes, play a major part in its hunting skills. They cover almost the whole of its head and give it complete 360 degree vision.
  • Each eye is comprised of more than 1000 tiny eyes, which enables the dragonfly to spot even the smallest movement of prey.
  • Dragonflies have 2 pairs of wings that flap at a rate of only 30 times a minute, while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively. Each pair of wings moves independently of each other, the fore wings move up, whilst the hind wings move down. They mostly hold their wings open when resting.
  • Dragonflies pluck their prey straight out of the air and consume them as they fly.

Symbolic features of the Dragonfly

There are many symbolic features and qualities associated with the Dragonfly, which adds to its mystique and appeal.

These include:

  • Change, and change in the perspective of self realisation.
  • A sense of self, that comes with mental and emotional maturity.
  • Going beyond the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
  • In Japanese culture they are considered as a symbol of strength, happiness and courage, as well as new light and joy.
  • Sense of Power and Poise.
  • Defeat of self created illusions that limit our growing and changing.
  • Focus on living “in” the moment, and living life to the fullest with what we have, and with no regrets.
  • The opening of one’s eyes, to see beyond the limitations of ourselves.
  • Good luck.
  • Prosperity.
  • Peace. 
  • Purity and Harmony.

“Dragonflies dance and flitter through the grass

Delicate flowers in flight

They shimmer and gleam

Their fragile wings like dews lace

Reflecting beams of light”


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