Posts tagged ‘Superstitions’

What is a dragonfly?

A dragonfly is a graceful, swift-flying insect with a long, slender body and four filmy wings.

Dragonflies are found in almost all parts of the world and are frequently seen on warm summer days patrolling the edges of ponds and streams as they look for food.

Dragonfly

Large, compound eyes made up of many tiny eyes cover most of the dragonfly’s head.  With these big eyes it can see its prey easily.

As it flies through the air, the dragonfly holds its legs together to form a basket in which to capture mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

The female dragonfly drops its eggs in the water where they hatch into wingless larvae, called nymphs.  The young dragonflies live in the water from one to three years,  then become adult dragonflies.

Because of many old superstitions, dragonflies sometimes are called devil’s darning needles, snake doctors and mule killers. – Dick Rogers

How long have cats been pets?

Cat

Cats are fun to keep as pets.  They make playful friendly companions.  The cat has been a favorite pet for a long, long time.  Many believe that the Egyptians tamed the first cats more than 4,000 years ago.  The Egyptian cat was one of the small wildcats found in North Africa.

Cats kept rats and mice from overrunning the great Egyptian grain storehouses.  Probably because they did such a good job in destroying these pests, the Egyptian worshiped the cat as a god.  An Egyptian who harmed a cat was punished.  By about the 9th century, cats were helping to keep farms, shops and houses in Europe mouseless.

But the early Europeans associated cats with witches and evil spirits rather than a god, and many superstitions grew up around cats. About cat, for example, was a sign of bad luck.  To many people today,  a cat is just a nice pet to have around. – Dick Rogers