Yesterday an orange dragonfly visited the garden. Apparently they prefer to hover near bodies of water, and indeed that’s where I’ve always found them. No ponds large or small here in drought-stricken Southern California, in my yard which gets water only twice weekly. This dragonfly guest stayed quite a while, darting off the plant stake and returning. He did this little dance at least ten times, then finally departed.
I looked up dragonflies to discover why some folks call them dragonflies and some call them damselflies. I assumed it was a regional thing. Wrong again. “When at rest, Dragonflies will generally lay their wing pairs flat while Damselflies will typically hold their more elegant tear drop-shaped wings close together and away or above the body.” [link] Another website says “The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. ” [link]
While yesterday’s garden guest was orange, today’s was green. I looked this one up also. I think he’s a tobacco worm, and not a tomato worm. But that won’t help my tomatoes, which are right next to my jalapeños . This one has enjoyed jalapeño leaves.
This one has made a meal of the jalapeño peppers. I got a stick and tried to knock them off. Can. Not. Budge. Them.