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The Devil's Darning Needles
Dragonflies were know as the "devil's darning needles" because it was believed that they would sew the lips of wicked children together while they were sleeping. And it was thought that dragonflies could bring snakes back to life. As a result, they were also known as "snake doctors."

Despite their appearance, rapid speed, and "rattling" approach dragonflies are harmless to humans.The clasper at the end of the abdomen of the insect is often mistaken for a stinger. The male actually uses it to hold onto the female dragonfly when mating!

By Ashley M. Randall

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