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Beautiful Dragonflies Hover Near Extinction

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Still other traditions portray dragonflies as the friends of snakes. In Wales, they are called the "adder's servant" and in the Southern United States they are sometimes called "snake doctors" based on a folk belief that they follow snakes, stitching their wounds.



Not all traditional beliefs cast the dragonfly in such a sinister light. In many Native American cultures dragonflies make regular appearances in pottery and art—symbols of swiftness and activity. To the Navajo, dragonflies are associated with pure water.

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