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    My next nature quilt

    This morning I was out picking berries in the yard and came across this little fellow. Light bulb moment!! This will be my next nature quilt. I have never seen a dragon fly that was so beautiful just sitting there in stasis, still to cool in the morning to be flying around. So I was able to take this beautiful picture I will definitely make a wonderful quilt.
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    Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the quilt.

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    Beautiful Dragonfly! It would make a great quilt!
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    Inspiration all around us if we only take the moment to see it. That dragonfly is beautiful. I love the layers of green and all the shapes. Every morning I grab my coffee and walk my yard to see what I can see.
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    Oh yes, that is beautiful. i see some wonderful dragonflies here that I've never see before. huge ones and teeny tiny ones.
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    Beautiful picture and what creative inspiration you got from just a simple act of nature of a dragon fly resting in some beautiful green plants.

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    Your quilt will be beautiful.
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    Please do not kill the dragon flies. Lots of kids are afraid of them thinking they are flying darner needles. They are not.

    But they are using you as bait. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, gnats and such. The skeeters are attracted to us with carbon dioxide, which we exhale, warmth, and usually light. Artificial skeeter traps have the CO2 emitter, warmth and light. So the dragonfly won't have to hunt for the skeeters, they will be attracted to the human and are easy pickings. They can eat their weight in skeeters.

    I'll answer any bug questions....except the classic: what bug is small black and shiny. Lots of them. Gotta see it.

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    Juliasb: That is a beautiful picture. You have so many greens and shapes behind the dragonfly.
    Battle Axe: Thanks for the info. I know a bit about bugs but didn't know that. We seem to have more dragonflies here than before. We never saw them when I was young. Wish I had you beside me an hour ago to identify the grub I found in the soil. I have found a few of them now and don't know if they are good or bad.

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    That picture is amazing. The dragonfly had really cool shape and you have captured some exquisite detail and texture . I’m admittedly afraid of them even though they’re good. But I do admire their beautiful iridescent colors. Marcia, thanks for the factoid on their being skeeter killers.

    This one’s black shaped area looks like sunglasses.

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    I would love to see that in a quilt - with sheer net for the wings.
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    Impressive that you "caught" this one at just the right time. Yes, dragonflies are good! You might have fun researching them as you work on your quilt.
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    What a pretty thing. It will make a pretty quilt.

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    You may be seeing the grub stage of Japanese Beetles. Hope not.

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    One day we had a swarm of dragonflies in the side yard at dusk (on about an acre near woods and a flood plain) Their bodies were about the size of my pinkie and we weren't even sure what they were. My husband & I stood facing west in the middle of them and realized they were eating "on the fly" the bugs that were hatching out of the grass, & similar to bats, never even touched us. It was a real awakening and a delight to see!

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    Wow, just wow! Cannot wait to see your quilt.

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    Dragon fly on black background fabric was on clearance at Walmart 4-5 years ago & I passed it up. I could have found a place for it eventually. Just give me the dumb award.

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    Beautiful picture! Can't wait to see your quilt
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    I might be alarmed at finding grubworms. Do you have a agricultural office near you? The people there should be able to help you with identification and treatment remedies, if any are needed. Good luck.

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    I am quite curious as to how you will choose fabric for the near transparent wingtips.
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    I have a piece of iridescent holiday fabric that might do the trick. It is 100% cotton. The back of the insect I am looking at possibly a black lame. Some black tulle on the tips (maybe). The plants in the background will be a number of different greens, blues and yellow prints to match the plant life. I believe it will make a nice wall hanging .

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    I just saw a large one with black spots on his wings. Beautiful. Not afraid of me either. or my cat when i have her with me. the dragonfly tends to keep flying over her head. teasing I guess.
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    JuliaSB: Just looked at it again and it is just as pretty or prettier the second time. Are you going to take a little poetic license and move the background blue over a bit?

    CarolynJo: I cannot imagine why/how you would suggest it was a Japanese Beetle. I just looked it up and I think you are right. Wow. I am impressed. If it is not then it is it's first cousin. I dug a garden bed last year and found at least a half a dozen. This is the first one I found this year (digging the next bed). I don't usually if I don't know what it is but I did kill that one I found yesterday. Thanks for your info. I am reading all about them.

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    Battle Axe, one of my acquaintences was an entomologist. Then life changes pushed her into forensic entomolgy. She fielded a lot of phone calls that could not be discussed at a dinner table. I was fascinated.
    My greatest fear is all of my family standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" he was.

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    Julia, I wouldn't move it over. In art you never put an important thing in the middle of a canvas. You move it over a bit. It is a beautiful picture.

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