Butterflies are pretty, but dragonflies are better. Dragonflies are flat out terrifying if you’re a gnat, mosquito or other small bug. They don’t simply chase down their prey. Instead, they snag them from the air with calculated aerial ambushes. Dragonflies can judge the speed and trajectory of a prey target and adjust their flight to intercept prey. They’re so skilled that they have up to a 95 percent success rate when hunting.

Basically, think “stealth fighter jet” when it comes to a dragonfly’s ability to nab prey in flight quickly, effectively and intelligently. A dragonfly can track a moving target, calculate a trajectory to intercept that target and subtly adjust its path as needed … As a rule, the hunted remains clueless until it’s all over.

Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying. Dragonflies, which eat insects as adults, are a great control on the mosquito population. A single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes per day.

The flight of the dragonfly is so special that it has inspired engineers who dream of making robots that fly like dragonflies.

From an Existential point of view, the dragonfly was the emblematic animal of the goddess of creativity. It is said that the dragonfly’s wings partnered with a magical song actually revived her after she was almost killed. Dragonflies are the keepers of our dreams and really helps us in seeking out our true potential. The wings of a dragonfly itself reflect the colors of the universe and connect us to its energy indefinitely.

According to Swedish folklore, dragonflies come around to check for bad souls. They are said to sneak up on children who tell lies and stitch up their eyes, ears, and mouths. This in a sense relates back to everything above in bringing about change when it is needed. This species of insects have inhabited the Earth for some 300 million years and their presence is something special. Whether you believe they are here to bring you deeper into ascension or not there is no doubting their importance.