A Bizarre Dragonfly Behavior

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Holding a dragonfly

Yesterday I discussed a paper that looked into an interesting dragonfly behavior called accompanying wherein a dragonfly (or small group of dragonflies) follows a large, slow-moving animal because they stir up the little flying insects dragonflies like to eat.  Today I want to talk about something even more bizarre, a sort of extreme accompanying behavior that three people over the last year have asked me about.  I’ve never heard of this behavior before and I haven’t been able to find anything in the literature (though knowing the dragonfly literature, there might be some little nugget of information about this hidden in some completely unrelated publication), but I find it intriguing and wanted to share.  Let me lay out the three stories.

A woman in the US wrote to me last summer to ask why the dragonflies in her area were always flying toward her.  As she described it, dragonflies that were all the way across the yard would fly directly to her and hover right in front of her, even if she wasn’t moving around.  Some of the dragonflies had even come into contact with her, either flying into her face or landing on her.  It had happened so many times that her friends had started to comment about how odd it was that, even if several people were sitting on the patio together, the dragonflies would come straight to her and either hover near her or fly right into her while completely ignoring everyone else.

dragonfly in hand

Dragonfly in hand. Photo by Penny McCoy.

I thought this story was a little odd, but I couldn’t explain it.  In the back of my mind I thought that, because she didn’t like dragonflies, there was a possibility that she was mistaking a simple accompanying behavior for something more sinister.  (It happens.)  I told her about the accompanying behavior and she told me she thought her experience was something more.  So I told her I’d keep any eye out for information about what was happening and would tell her if I learned anything.  I looked around a bit for more information about this behavior and couldn’t find any, so I thought that was that.

At least it was for a while, because then I heard from person #2, another woman in the US who told me a story very similar to the first, except this woman had lots of dragonflies landing on her too.  I didn’t get as many details from the second woman, but it struck me as odd that I’d now heard two similar stories about dragonflies getting really close to specific people.  Dragonflies don’t usually come near people like that, so it was definitely a strange behavior.

dragonflies on legs

Photo by Mary Hoch Kelley.

And then a few months later, I heard from a third person.  This time it was a man from Canada with dragonflies coming toward him and landing on him like woman number two.  However, the dragonflies weren’t leaving after they landed and would remain attached to his shirt.  And they’d stay for a long time, becoming lethargic enough for him to actually pick them up and move them with his hands.  If he pulled his shirt off or pulled the dragonflies off his shirt, he’d later find the dragonflies dead.  This had started at a summer camp when he was young (five dragonflies became attached to his shirt and he didn’t notice them until some other people commented about his “passengers”) and has continued for several years.  Though he’s not scared of them, he now avoids going near dragonflies entirely, darting away from them as most people do when wasps come near, to avoid further incidents.  The man told me that he’d changed soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, etc. many times over the years and didn’t think they were attracted to any cleaning products he used.

Now I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure about the first story.  After all, the woman admitted that she was scared of dragonflies, so it was reasonable to think that she might have blown a simple behavior out of proportion.  Still, I was struck by the notion that these dragonflies were actually getting close enough to touch her because that’s very unusual.  When I got the second story, I was a little less certain that the first woman was reading too much into the dragonfly behaviors she was observing and started to think there might really be something to it.  But now I’ve got three stories about people who have had dragonflies fly right up to them and land on them, three people in very different regions all experiencing a sort of ultra-accompanying behavior where the dragonflies seem to actually be attracted to these people.

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Caught this damselfly when it landed on me.

I honestly have no idea what is happening, but three separate reports of similar behaviors make me think this might be some strange behavior that dragonflies very occasionally do.  But what are the dragonflies responding to?  And why do they only exhibit this behavior around a tiny handful of people?  I would have thought that maybe they were responding to soaps or some other scent, but the one man had explicitly stated that he’d changed his soaps several times over the years he’d observed the behavior.  It’s possible, though perhaps unlikely, that these people themselves are giving off some sort of unusual scent that the dragonflies are attracted to.  Alternatively, other small insects might be attracted to these people for one reason or another and those small insects might attract the dragonflies.  Mosquitoes are known to harass some people more than others based on the specific scents they give off, so it’s not outside the realm of possibilities.  But none of these seem like satisfying explanations to me  and don’t explain why the dragonflies would land on the people and sit there for any length of time.  Very strange.  Very strange indeed!

Now I’m curious about this behavior, but considering I’ve only heard three stories out of the nearly 3000 dragonfly swarms reports I’ve received, I have a feeling I’m never going to figure out the answer.  So, if you or anyone you know has ever had this sort of experience with dragonflies, please share your stories!  I’d like to figure out how widespread this behavior is and see if I can’t find some more commonalities between the people who have witnessed this behavior!  This scientist really wants an answer…

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244 responses to “A Bizarre Dragonfly Behavior

    • This has happened to me recently! It’s a fairly new thing for me, however. I was in a Zoo in Florida when a dragonfly came and hovered above me. I put my hand out and it landed and stayed there for a good ten minutes before I shooed it away. My family was baffled but I shooed it off as Florida bug behavior. But then, Back in Michigan where I live, I was sitting on a raft in a lake when another dragonfly came and landed on me. Then again while I was driving to the dunes another landed in my car and stayed there. I hope this helps!

  1. I’ve had various insects land on me and stay around for more than a few seconds- dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, even a rather large beetle that I could not identify. They do not hover around me en masse then land like the others you’ve written about but I still always find it odd that they choose me as a landing post rather than the more natural settings around me. When I happen to have a camera on me (which is often), I take a picture like this one at https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JcCXyzRixaJG9qpyEsKe0dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

  2. Since I was a child I have been attracted to dragonflies. We called them “snake doctors” in W.Va. Playing in the creek by our house, I would see them flying around me, and yet I wasn’t sure whether they were capable of stinging, so I didn’t try to catch them. As an adult, walking through the woods, I am blessed with their presence quite often. And yes, they have landed on me many times, sometimes sticking around for the ride, sometimes flying away. Once I was sitting on a bench and this ruby red dragonfly flew right at me, skimmed my face, and landed on my head! Another time, a gray dragonfly landed on my camper, right by me. I noticed that it had a cobweb wrapped around it, and I reached over, took hold of the cobweb, and pulled it loose. The dragonfly sat there for a few seconds, them flew away. I have had similar experiences with butterflies. I don’t question these events, I just delight in them. I like to think that they feel my love, and that’s why they are attracted to me. Yet those people you talked about don’t want them around, and so this mystifies me. Like you, I don’t understand what they could be attracted to.

  3. You can add one more person to your list. Some species of dragonflies and damselflies seem to think of me as an appropriate resting spot. It seems to happen most when I am paddling in a canoe with my husband. They appear to like me better than they do him.
    On a similar note, I have always noticed that eastern meadow hawks are sort of like cats…if I am working on something outside they like to get in the thick of things and “help” me out.

    • The dragonflies hanging around while you’re working in your yard – that’s likely the same sort of deal as accompanying. They’re taking advantage of the fact that you’re stirring things up and making the little insects they like to eat fly around. Fun! And I hear stories about people having encounters with dragonflies while paddling on ponds. Makes me wonder what’s going on there too, but I have a feeling that’s a bit different than what I’ve described here. Still an amazing experience though, so thanks for sharing! Now I’m thinking I should start collecting stories about that too…

      • I’ve just had an experience that was odd so I came online to check stuff out. I decided to reply off this post since you commented about encounters on water. I’ve had them land on me while I’ve been in the canoe. I didn’t think much of it other then I was a resting plat form. I was also wearing lotion. Most recently though, two dragonflies flew into my house. The first one came in and quickly realized that this isn’t where he wanted to be and found his way out after hovering around the glass for a moment. The second one came in with such speed he couldn’t stop and smashed into the tv. He was disoriented on the floor for a little while and then spun around on the ceiling for a bit. I needed to show him where the door was stepping outside myself and ensuring he saw where to fly. He caught on and flew out suddenly making me duck!

        • You know, I don’t hear about dragonflies in people’s houses very often! Did they come in at night, or was it during the day? If at night they may have been attracted by the lights. If during the day… Well, I’m less aware of any reasons why they might be coming indoors. Perhaps it’s just an error, the way you might occasionally end up with a bird inside? I really don’t know!

  4. I had an isolated experience that I don’t think counts, but I have a question about it that maybe you can answer. We were doing a rehearsal inside a theater in NYC this September and I was visited at the sound console in the back of the house by what appeared to be the largest dragonfly I’d ever seen. For a few minutes it kept flying in front of my face before moving on, where it hovered at the end of the row where the stage manger and choreographer sat. It flew in front of them a few times, but moved on. To where, we have no idea.

    It was about eight inches long. I’m not making this up. It landed for a bit on a wall sconce right next to me and I could see exactly how much it hung over the fixture. I tried to find out what kind it was, to be so large, but was unsuccessful.

    One of the stage managers reported seeing another dragonfly the same size over the next couple days both on the street and in the subway tunnel.

    Everybody who didn’t see it just thought we were nuts. Any thoughts?

    • Hmmm… If it was indoors, it’s possible that the dragonfly was simply trapped inside and going about the business of either trying to find its way out or trying to find food. I definitely can’t say for sure though as I wasn’t there to observe it myself. As for the size… The biggest dragonfly in the world is less than 5 inches long and is found in Australia, so if it really was that big then it might have been something other than a dragonfly. Can you tell me what color it was? The biggest dragonflies in New York are in the aeshnid group, but they’re usually less than 4 inches long. They’re typically green or blue with black markings, black with green markings, or bright blue and/or green. Also, what time of year was it? That might help me narrow down the options a bit more.

  5. Kate - the BugLady

    Hi, DW,
    I was on the trail with a class this fall – about 10 of us – and one of the class members constantly had meadowhawks landing on him. Not Hitchcockian, but the rest of us were pretty much ignored. I’ll have to ask him if this is common for him.

  6. Dragonflies have become a symbolic figure in my family. Since I was a kid, dragonflies have always been around my grandfather’s house in large quantities. I believe it is because he has a pool, however, we associate them as very friendly because of the interactions they have with my family and I. We have summertime pictures over the last 23 years of various family members and dragonflies in their toes, fingers, hands, chairs, heads etc. In recent years we have put up a volley ball net across the pool to play pool volleyball and often the dragonflies land on the net and stay there while games are in progress.

    Aside from the pool, even when I have traveled to other locations ( the Caribbean, other states and locations in my home state) I have had dragonflies land on me or hover around for moments at a time, fly away and then return. Other family members have also experienced this and the behaviors of the dragonflies have led to my family loving the company of these beautiful insects and inspiring them in many ways. (My sister and I have both gotten dragonfly tattoos, a few other family members are planning to do the same.) No one in my family has ever been afraid of them or thought to try and deter the dragonflies. Their presence is very rewarding because they keep other annoying insects at bay.

    On another note, not only do they land on us, but we can bring them up very close to our face and if we talk to them we notice them turning their heads as if they were listening. I have plenty of pictures if you want me to send you any.

    • I would love to see photos if you have them! You can post them on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dragonfly-Woman/160362030681809?sk=wall) or I can send you an e mail so you’ll have my e mail address to send them to. How fun! And I’m happy to hear about the dragonfly tattoos. If I ever get a tattoo (and I have a severe fear of needles that’s likely to prevent my ever doing so, but a girl can dream…), I already have my dragonfly picked out: wandering glider, as realistic as possible, just below the base of my neck. I’d love to have a dragonfly tattoo…

  7. just found your site and couldn’t resist sharing this Christmas dragonfly: http://www.flickr.com/photos/awalker_1/6593914277/in/set-72157627857123544

  8. That’s very odd, but it happens. I’ve had butterflies landing on me, so I don’t know, maybe they’re trying to tell us something.

    • I expect the occasional butterfly, even the occasional dragonfly, to land on people. What makes this dragonfly thing differnt is that these people have A LOT of dragonflies coming near them and landing on them. That’s unusual as dragonflies tend to avoid people and have the eyesight and agility to allow them to do so quite well. Very strange…

  9. Michael Suttkus, II

    I’ve had insects, including dragonflies, land on me, but never unusually so. (I’m not talking about mosquitoes and the like that we expect to try and land on humans!) The most memorable incident was when two hairstreaks (butterflies) landed on my hand and proceeded to mate. It seemed rude to interrupt them so I had to stand as still as possible for about a minute. This is harder than you might realize, especially with two small insects tickling your hand! : – )

    Now my father has the opposite problem. Insects do not land on him. The family can be anywhere suffering from any kind of insect overload you might like to think about, mosquitoes, yellow flies, horseflies, whatever, they don’t land on him and they don’t bite him. I wish I had that problem come mosquito season!

    • Love the butterfly story! It amused me greatly. And I too wish I had your dad’s “problem” with insects avoiding him! I am apparently a mosquito buffet (and a no see um buffet), so I would love to have that problem…

  10. Interesting. I’ve experienced mosquito preferences for people presumably based on differences in body temperature or respiration rate, and they definitely like blue jeans better than white lab coats, but having a dragonfly land on me has been rare. I have had a Sympetrum internum land on me repeatedly in the backyard when sitting around reading, but I think he just added me to his territorial perches. I once had a large aeschnid (Aeschna cf interrupta) land on my shirt, but it soon fluttered off to the garage wall – I think the cool and windy day was to blame. That’s it for up close and personal, but my wife and I did experience a swarm of about 30 Variable Darners last summer. For a half hour or so they zipped all around us – and gave us the only mosquito-free half hour of the day at our campsite. We loved it.

    • Oh, nice! I would love to see a swarm of variable darners! That would be so beautiful. And I’m like you – I’ve had the normal sort of encounters with biting insects and have had the occasional dragonfly land on my clothes or my arms (especially when I’ve been working on boats), but the people I’m describing here have it happen A LOT more often than most people. Very odd…

  11. Kate - the BugLady

    Hey, again, DW,
    My husband was wondering if the man from Canada, whose dragonflies seemed to die after being removed from his person, might have been using lots of industrial-strength OFF! or other repellant. Canada is known for it’s biting flies.
    Also, some species of butterflies, especially Red Admirals and some of the anglewings, are famous for landing on people. Admirals will “mineral” on sweat, and the anglewings are curious/aggressive.

    • He didn’t say. I should probably ask him actually as that would be a good explanation for why they are dying. That’s a good idea!

      Mmmm… Salty sweat. I love that sometimes the really beautiful insects that everyone loves end up doing gross things like sucking sweat off of people or sucking tears out of their eyes. It’s the best part about leps I think!

  12. Hello DW, when I was a kid we holidayed every summer at my grandmothers in Denmark. She had an enormous fruit and vegetable garden and my father told me that one day he was sitting there in the sun with his hands crossed and a dragonfly landed on his thumb. It sat there for several minutes before flying off and very quickly returned to the same spot with an insect which it butchered whilst still sitting on his thumb. It then repeated this with a second insect before eventually departing leaving behind a small pile of inedible insect debris including wings etc. I thought this was remarkable behaviour, and I must confess to being a tad envious!

    • Oh, that would have been a marvelous experience to have! Perhaps not entirely out of the ordinary as a lot of dragonfly species survey their territories while sitting somewhere they can look out over their territory, so it likely would have been using your dad as a perch. Still… Fun! I would love to have a dragonfly use me as a perch and dump its leftovers on me!

  13. i’ve never had dragonflies land on me, but when i was an undergraduate student i had an entomology professor that said he learned to hypnotize dragonflies when he was in japan after the war. the procedure is that you stand about ten feet in front of them and move your hand in a wide circle at the end of your arm, decreasing the size of the circle as you walk toward them. they become confused and you can just pick them up. i’ve tried this a few times, but never had any luck. have you ever heard of something like this?

    • No, I haven’t! Interesting. I’ve caught dragonflies with my hands and with soup strainers, but I’ve always relied on slow movements and stealth. Might have to see if this works!

      • Kurt Mead has a picture of someone doing that in his book Dragonflies of the North Woods. I’ve never tried it, though I did once find a pair of Aeshna canadensis so absorbed in mating that I got them to climb up onto my finger and sit there for over ten minutes before I returned them to the tree, still locked together.

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  15. I would wonder what color these people were wearing. The only time I’ve seen large numbers of dragonflies on a human, they were Libellula julia landing on a white shirt in the evening; since L. julia also like to land on pale tree trunks in the sun, I assume this was basking behavior.

    Searching for “dragonflies” and “basking” turns up a similar picture:

    http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/biodiversity-resources/dragonflies/image-collection/basking-dragonflies/

    • Excellent! I think I’ll ask Dennis Paulson about his experience so I can compare it to what I’m hearing from the people who write to me. I imagine this same sort of thing might have been happening with the Canadian man, though I’m not so sure about the two women. I feel I’m a step closer to understanding this though! Thank you!

    • This was my first thought too – that they were attracted to a raised surface to sunbathe on.

      • I am now thinking this might be part of it, at least for the Canadian man, but the fact that it happens SO often to the three people I discussed suggests to me that there might be something a little more going on here too. After all, if the dragonflies are just looking for a place to sit, they’d be landing on the other people sitting out in the yard with the first woman I describe when they’re hovering around only her, and obviously enough that other people comment and tease her about it. I’ll keep looking into it, but I think the basking idea is a really great one!

  16. I don’t know how relevant this might be but mosquitos are attracted by smells caused by the mix of bacteria and enzymes in an individual’s skin – and this is unique to each person.

    • I’ve wondered if something like that might be happening with the people who have experienced this sort of dragonfly attractiveness. Still don’t know though!

      • I have this issue with mosquitoes. But then again, I’m also allergic to mosquito bites.

        • Mosquitoes are known to be more attracted to certain people than others! It’s based on your body chemistry, your particular scent and the carbon dioxide you give off. I somehow doubt the dragonflies are using scents to find the attractive people, but who knows? Maybe they are!

  17. I have had the experience with the dragonflys, thats when I became a fan, they just seemed to be attracted to me. I think they are awesome. I was at a lake and they just kept coming over and landing on me, and staying a long time, no matter if i moved or not they just stayed. I had 2 on me that stayed all afternoon. If I see them now they seem to come up to me, land on me, fly close to me. I love them.

  18. I have the same situation with dragonflies. My boyfriend even notices it and some friends. They always hover over me. Even when I walking ithey seem to follow close circling around me. I do live in the country so there is abudent but its always a large group that seems to follow. They also are attracted to my car bouncying off of it kinda neat to watch it seems to be a game. I’m not sure why I’ve always attracted them but I enjoy it’s like a bond with mother nature

  19. I haven’t lived around dragonflies very much but they do always seem to hang around me when I do. Recently I’ve been having a lot of desert dragonflies flying right at me, sometimes landing on or near me, other times they’ll even “hover” near my head like moths so often do. It’s sad how many dead dragonflies we keep finding because they won’t leave. Somewhat odd, if you ask me.

  20. Kelly Williamson

    I too attract dragonflies. Ive noticed it for quite awhile. Now others are noticing it. My bf said he thought it was strange when i said that they did this, but as we floated, swam, and fished for over a week it happened over and over again. Sonetimes up to three dragonflies at a time were on me.

  21. Tracey Spencer

    Just this evening my 2 grandchildren and I were sitting on the ground in the backyard when a brown dragonfly (it resembled a dragonfly) flew over to me. It sat on my hand as well as my finger. I transferred it to both of my grandchildren’s hands several times. It never attempted to fly away. This went on for almost an hour at which point we decided to go for a walk. We brought the dragonfly with us and he sat on my finger until we got back. At that time I had to physically put him on a plant so that I could go into the house. I’ve never experienced such a long “visit” from a dragonfly. It was such a amazing experience for us all. Thank you dragonfly for choosing us this evening :)!! Tracey Spencer Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  22. I have heard that Dragonfly’s are loved ones that have passed on. They’re there to tell you that they’re okay…

    • That’s definitely one of the more popular stories related to dragonflies. If so, perhaps these people who are super attractive to dragonflies simply have a lot of people who love them.

  23. My mom has this happen to her as well. She just went to the Colorado river recently and everyone was floating and the dragonflies all went to Mom. Strange!

  24. Hi, I would also like to find out why dragonflies are attracted to me..Today I was at my grandfathers house and I saw some awesome blue and green dragonflies. The green ones would constantly sit on my sisters,
    My husbands and my feet! And the blue ones would actually follow me and land on my hands and anywhere else It possibly could. This has never happened to me before, although I’ve never really stayed around any of them long enough for them to get close to me till today. But anyway, I thought it was the cutest thing lol, they have such cute faces too. They would land on my hand and then just look up at me and kind of move their adorablely big eyes back and fourth :). I would also like to know why the blue ones are more willing to get up close to people and some of the green ones would just rest on your feet?..We’ll prob. Never know this but it’s interesting and cool nevertheless.. I never knew dragonflies were so friendly :). Especially the crystal blue looking ones!

  25. Ii was swimmimg in pool one day and had a dragonfly land on my toe and stayed there for awhile and we floated around the pool. I have always been fascinated with dragonflies but thought this was weird cause i have never known dragonflies to come in contact with humans. It was awesome.

    • Interesting! Dragonflies do come into contact with humans from time to time and I’ve heard from several people who have had experiences like yours while they were paddling rivers and lakes. I think they’re likely taking advantage of the perch you’re providing! Glad you enjoyed your little hitchhiker. I would have been thrilled!

  26. I attract dragonflies! Everytime I go on vacation to a certain lake where dragonflies are prevailant they not only just land on me but almost seem to be mating on me! I shoo them away and they come right back! I am with at least 3 other people who have no issue! Was searching for dragonfly ddeterents when I found this site! Help!

    • I unfortunately haven’t identified what causes certain people to attract dragonflies like this, so I’m not going to be able to help you. Sorry you don’t seem to be enjoying it though! Do you happen to be wearing white or another light color when this happens by any chance?

  27. I just turned 18 and I’ve just recently noticed dragonflys following me everywhere, I just now realized it. It’s been going on for about 2 weeks now and I remember seeing them all the time even when I’m in my car parked I always would see one flying around my car I just never thought anything of it until recently. I know they like to hang around water but I live in the middle of Indiana and I wouldn’t be around water or anything in that nature at all and I would still have one following when Im outside I’ve noticed them flying around me I would just swat it away because i didn’t realize how beautiful tthe dragonfly is n

    • And I know it HAS to mean something, I think they are trying to tell me something. I’ve done some research and I’ve seen they do symbolize a few things. Do you think this could be the reason behind it ?

    • You seem to have a few things going on here. Dragonflies are (sadly) attracted to cars because they mistake them for water, so it sounds like you might have the kind of paint that the dragonflies like. If you’ve only noticed the dragonflies following you for a few weeks and this is a new thing, I suspect you’re experincing accompanying behavior, a behavior in which dragonflies follow large mammals (all humans are large by dragonfly standards, so this isn’t meant as an insult!) because they stir up the little flying insects the dragonflies like to eat as they walk. This is a relatively common dragonfly behavior and well documented in the scientific literature. If they stop following you in the next few weeks, it’s even more likely that this is what’s happening. I haven’t ever had it happen to me, but I hope I’ll experience it someday!

  28. Your story made me smile because I have called my daughter “The Dragonfly Whisperer”. When she was approx. 3 she was able to walk up to dragonflies perched in my flower gardens and gently pick them up by their wings. The dragonflies didn’t fly away or struggle — they let her pick them up and place them on her hand — she was so gentle and I was amazed. As soon as I approach them, they would fly away from me! Then, amazingly, they began hovering around and landing on her. I have hundreds of pictures of this amazing event — it was magical. She is now 15 and has continued to “have the touch” with all sorts of animals, wild and tame. They seem to trust her — she has this “connection” with animals and insects. I currently have a koi pond with surrounding flower garden and dragonflies come to me and hover my my face over and over but they haven’t landed on me — I keep hoping though!

  29. All summer long a blue dragonfly has been hanging out in my yard. At first I thought it was cute, but after a while he constantly flew right into my personal space, sometimes almost hitting me in the face! To make matters even more exciting, he fights with another dragonfly, Im guessing to claim his territory, and one day they fought so aggressively the flew right on to my laptop! He also likes to land on the top of the broom handle while I sweep. I just wish he would stop playing chicken with me as its hard to sit, relax and enjoy my pool! Im currently laid off and want to enjoy my yard but he makes it difficult. Ive lived here for 20 years and have never had this happen before. Its like he’s part of the family at this point. I live in south jersey and Ive been use to seeing dragonflies buzzing around my yard during the summer, but this is the first time Ive seen the same one hanging out like he lives here, but I guess he kind of does! :)

    • You must have something good in your yard that the dragonfly wants to make him keep coming back. It’s too bad you aren’t enjoying him! He might be flying in your face, but he is also harmless and is eating the little biting insects in your yard. Free and natural pest control!

  30. Hi! I found this after looking up ‘what’ it is that attracts dragonflies and butterflies to me. I figured that maybe they were after small parasites or something. The interesting thing about this, is when they land, they stay. Whether my finger, toe, nose. A butterfly landed on my hand, It wouldn’t move, not when I got up, not when I walked, not when I went indoors to grab my camera and took the pic-still didn’t budge. My son would try. He would cup the butterfly, place his arm on mine and make it so that the butterfly had to land on him, but it would go around him to get to me. True story. I wonder if it is blood type?

    • It’s possible blood type plays a role, though I have no idea what might be causing this. It’s so strange! But it’s interesting to see how many people are actually having this experience. Maybe if I collect enough of these stories I might see some patterns emerging.

  31. I’ve attracted dragon flies all my life and consider them a totem. They always come to me and I talk to them. They usually don’t land on me, but just stay close by looking at me. I’ve had one land on my blouse and proceed to eat a moth as if I weren’t even there. I particularly attract 3 colors, so I call them Jade, Topaz, and Sapphire. I am 73 and live in Louisiana.

    • Interesting! I am rather astonished by all the reports I’ve been getting about this behavior. It makes me want to get you all in a room to ask questions to see what you all have in common that causes this. I’m completely fascinated!

  32. hello :) i have butterflies and dragonflies around me alot ..they land on me and wont leave .. i havent noticed if this happend all my life ..but the last 6 years .. yes alot .. yesterday a butterfly landed on my car and jumped on my hand and was on me for about 5 hours while i worked around my yard ..this is what brought me here .. to see what that meant lol if it meant any thing at all .. cheers

    • I’m sure it does mean something, but I haven’t worked out what specifically. It happens a lot more often than I would have expected too. I’ll keep you posted if I ever figure out what’s going on!

  33. WaterGardenTikiBar

    Hi, I’ve been rescuing dragonflies that are falling into my pond from coming out of their larva form for the last couple days. I’ve been going out all times of the night to check for them. About 4-6 larvae climb out a night, and I have dozens of them scooting around the pond. I drained my pool a month ago and turned the bottom into a water garden tiki bar,(yes there is a bar down there and chairs in the water to sit) and I spend a lot of time relaxing in it. The larva must’ve come in with my tropical lilies because I’ve never seen large dragonflies like these before. Actualy I haven’t seen any for the 30 years I’ve had a pool in my yard. The ones that come around I don’t think they are dragonflies. They are small and have a blue dot on the end of their bodies. Anyway since I’ve been rescuing and fixing stuck bent wings on these things (sometimes taking care of them for a couple days before they can fly away) They are coming back and landing on me. Even newly transformed ones come over and land on me before flying off, a couple at a time sometimes. It kinda gives me the creeps, like they think I’m a dragonfly Dr. Doolittle. I’m not used to any bugs landing on me. I don’t attract bugs not even mosquitos. Bugs have never like me before and the feeling is mutual. I kinda like their attention because it makes me feel special.

  34. Veronica chipman

    Just reading this article and I’m with these 3 people. I am now terrified of them . I live in st. John’s ,Nl Canada . Dragonflys follow me everywhere I was never afraid of them until they started landing on me out of a crowd of us my friends laugh at me all thd time because they always are attracted to me . They get stuck on my shirts and I almost die of heart failure so I keep my distance now if I see one I’m running and not looking back but the reason why I’m writing you today is now they are always around my house!!!!! For hours snacking into my windows !!!! Today I was heading out and putting my daughter in the car and one came flying all around me I was freaking !!!! U jumped in the car and just watched it !!! For 20 min I just watched it fly into my windows what can I do to keep them away !! I actually went to my mothers got my father to come back and try to kill it us rated I’m the car but it wouldn’t go near him please help

    • I honestly don’t know what to tell you because I don’t know why this happens to some people. I’m sorry that you find them terrifying, though they really are harmless and will help keep mosquitoes away from you. As for why they’re around your house, you probably have some sort of small insect that’s been emerging from your grass, your trees, or other plants that are attracting dragonflies to the area. Whatever it is that makes some people attractive to dragonflies, I’m nearly positive that they are unable to detect you once you’re inside, so I suspect there’s something going on in your yard. If you really want the dragonflies to go away, you can try treating your yard for the insects there. Once their food source is gone the dragonflies will move on to a more hospitable place where there is food available.

      I’m sorry I can’t be more help!

  35. From the day we brought our newborn son home from he hospital dragonflies have been around. The first one was at our door when we arrived home, we had lunch a couple of days later and again then as well. No mater where we are the time of day exc…dragonflies are always following us-only when the baby is with us. He is 14 months now and it still continues…they hover over him though or the car or the window but only on occasion land on him.

  36. It’s a beautiful warm sunny september day & I have been reading in the garden. I am writing this message with a dragonfly on my leg. It has been on me for about 20 minutes. It has flown off a few times but keeps returning. My brother experienced the same curious thing a few days ago in the same village but different garden. (kent,uk) ) I assumed it was just warmIng itself in the sun, but I am more curious after reading your article! Thought I would share another 2 examples for you !

    • Strange! Every time I get someone else telling me stories like this, I become even more intrigued! I wish I could get everyone in one room for a few hours to figure out what they all have in common that the rest of us don’t. It’s just weird!

  37. Today, while my dad was fishing in the gulf, a dragonfly landed in his mouth. Then it flew onto his eye, and rested on his shirt for several minutes. He as in the Gulf.

  38. I’ve had Dragonflies land on me on two occasions. One was in the woods by a creek. I was pregnant at the time and I had two fly and land on my stomach as if to say hello. I know you are a sciencist and it may sound silly to you but I really believe it was a reassurance of a kind. My husband died a few weeks after that. About a month after his death I had a horrible fight with my mom and ended up sitting near a lake to calm down. Once again I had a dragonfly land on my hand this time and stay a long period before I had to leave. Since then I have had many dragonflies appear when I need them the most. I often think the creatures of this planet are aware of things we have long forgotten. We as humans just might have to think more outside of the box for some of their strange behaviors. I know I’ve had to!!!

    • I don’t think anyone is ridiculous for taking this sort of meaning out of these sorts of experiences. I myself tend to see the more scientific side of things, but who am I to tell someone that their beliefs about an experience are wrong? I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it, and who knows – you could be right! You’re not the first person to tell me a story like this either, so it seems that this sort of thing happens more often than I would have expected. There is a belief in some parts of the world that dragonflies are the souls of the beloved dead returning to reassure their loved ones, so the meaning you’ve taken from your dragonfly experiences doesn’t seem strange or silly to me. Lots of people have these sorts of beliefs about dragonflies, and I’m glad you were able to take comfort from their presense.

  39. Ever since I was a toddler, I have attracted dragonflies. My grandmother told me it was Bc they can sense a good, pure heart. Not sure if its true but as an adult, I still attract them wherever I go, even in places without water, they find me and fly around me and/or land on me. I can literally stand with my hand out just about anywhere and I will have a dragonfly on each finger within minutes. On my bikerides, they come out of nowhere and will fly alongside me for my whole ride (usually 20-25 miles), sometimes they will sit on my shoulder and rest before taking flight again. Ive been fascinated with them all my life, I think they are amazing little creatures. And I love talking to them when they are on my hands, like someone else said, they turn their little heads like they are listening. I would love to know what makes me a dragonfly magnet, but I have a feeling it will remain one of those unexplained mysteries of life. I’m not complaining though, I love it.

    • I’m so glad to hear from someone who enjoys having the dragonflies landing on them! I know I would, but it seems that most people with your “problem” don’t enjoy it nearly as much as you do. I’ll let you know if I ever figure it out!

  40. Iv recently also noticed that dragonflies are attracted to me.. Mostly wherever i look the go to. Sometimes the come so close infront of me i can see every detail. They always seem to stare me right in my eyes. Iv noticed alot of insects that fly are attracted to wherever i look. I have a question though. I live in NJ and the dragon flies that appear to love me are blackish with a poutch of balls on there back or something. Im not sure and would love to know the history of these dragonflies. Thanks, Joey

    • Don’t suppose you have a photo of the blackish dragonflies that are following you? There are several options in New Jersey, so it would be nice to narrow it down a bit. Glad to hear another story like this though! I find it fascinating!

      • No i dont have any photo and cant find any online either.. But yea its really weird. One time i was looking down the street at something and all a sudden 10-15 dragonflies flew right in my path of vision and then i was looking at each one and they would come right to to face and stare me in the eyes. Its amazing there doing this haha i like it.. But if you can list a few maybe so i can look up each on to see what one is the one im seeing would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

        • Oh wow, your state has a lot of black dragonflies and I could spend an hour looking them all up for you. I wish I had time for that, but I unfortunately do not, so here’s the best I can do right now. Here’s the checklist for your state on Odonata Central:

          http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/ChecklistAction.showChecklist/location_id/52

          It’s got most of the species in your state listed and you can go through the photos (just click on the camera button next to the names) to see if you can find the species you’ve been encountering. Be warned though: your state has a LOT of dragonfly species, and many of them are black. This is not a small project, so set aside a good half hour or more for this.

          Sorry I can’t be more specific right now, but I hope this at least narrows down the options a bit.

  41. It is so strange to come across this. I have been researching the meanings or reasons dragonflies follow certain people for years. I am 24 years old, and as a child growing up I was always fascinated by dragonflies. I would always chase them, catch them, observe them, they are beautiful to me. Well, just about 4 or 5 years ago i started to notice that I was always in the presence of a dragonfly. It didnt matter if it was day or night, hot or cold, where I was, they just always were around. and the odd thing, is that they are very friendly towards me. They always land on me, not really on my clothing, but more my arms and hands…. They allow me to touch them, move them, hold them, everything. Even about 4 months ago I recorded a video of me and a cute little green dragonfly friend, just because I wanted to record the unusual, nice, trusting behavior they have with me. Though I havent had one come around since that little man ( which i found dead a few hours later outside of my door) I ended up on this website today, because I walked outside of my work, I sat down outside and was suddenly swarmed by many of them, at least 20… I wonder why these awesome creatures have such a bond with me? I have for a few years now called them my “minions” lol. Any thoughts on this? Thanks! <3 Teresa

    • I honestly have no idea! I wish I did – this behavior fascinates me. I’ll keep you posted if I ever learn anything more about it!

      • ok i think its the black saddle back. ofcourse it was one of the last species on that list haha. but maybe thats why i thought there poutches on its back? That or its not listed… ill try and get a closer look next time the appear.. which wont be long haha

  42. Dragonflies have been landing on me for the past 4-5 years … my fingers, shoulders, arms hands, chest, leg … It may seem strange but I speak to them….. they are playful and love it when I spray them with a water hose (they usually travel in pairs.) While sitting on the deck in PA, oftentimes a dragonfly will die directly underneath me. Somehow, it seems that it’s the way it should be… to die where they are loved. There is a strong connection indeed but I cannot explain it. When home in NYC, I see them often. Last year a very large red dragonfly flew into my apartment ….. on the 43rd floor! I feel blessed. I love these creatures. An American Indian Shaman told me that I control the wind and thought perhaps the wind is what the dragonfly responds to. I don’t need to know why ….. It’s a joy. Chris – New York, NY and NE Pennsylvania

  43. Hi my name is moon and ive just stumbled upone yr site as i was looking for a reason why im always surrounded by dragonflies.the first time about ten years ago i was at a lake and a dragonfly started flying around me at eye level looking right at me,it just hovered in one spot,as i turned it would turn with me constantly following and watching me,at first i was worried thinking it could bite or sting,but it didnt,since then im always surrounded,they always look right at me and i feel like ive developed a relationship with them.im a reiki master and healer,much love moon

  44. I have been attracted to Dragonflies since I can remember and they are just as attracted to me. I see Dragonflies as a symbol of blessings. For instance the day my daughter was born a Dragonfly sat perched against the windowsill for a long period of time, the day my son was born a Dragonfly accompanied me to the hospital, when my Bf and I (at that stage) went on our first outing, he was covered in Dragonflies (quite amazed) and I couldn’t help but feel my heart smile, when we bought our house the dragonflies followed and welcomed us as they sat perched against our ceiling, I have forever been followed by Dragonflies and every memory worth remembering has my companions in them. I believe that Dragonflies are my personal totum. Thank you for sharing all your stories and for reading mine :) I am not sure if the companion behaviour could be related to blood type like mosquitoes, I am from South Africa though and have a terminal illness, I was born with it and apparently, as my Mom tells it, the Dragonflies came the day I was born as there are pictures of me as a young child playing with them.

    • Thank you so much for sharing! And I have no idea what causes some people to be more attractive than others, but I am fascinated by the stories I’ve been hearing. Glad to add your story to my collection.

  45. On Sept. 8th 2012, the first anniversary of my oldest brothers death, we had gathered at the cemetery to pay our respects. We were all standing surrounding his tomb & some of us were sharing stories about him. My mother who was sitiing in a chair began to share her memories of him & began to cry. In that same moment she had extend her hand out just enough to where it was inches from her face. A dragonfly landed on her finger. She wasn’t startled as we would all assume & swat it away. It stopped her from taliking & crying. It was odd to see that it brought her to a sudden peace. It sat on her finger long enough for me to look around at my siblings & see the surprised look on their faces & back down at my mother to see it was still there looking straight at her. Soon after that it flew away. We all had a feeling of how my brother my have been responsible for that. I wish I would have captured it on video. I love to share this story. I love you Jesse!!

    • You know, I’ve heard quite a few stories like this and I always find them very touching. There are some cultures in the world that believe that dragonflies are the spirits of the beloved dead returning to earth in a new form to let their loved ones know that they’re okay in whatever afterlife they’ve acheived. So glad to hear that a dragonfly was able to bring some peace to your family in a time of loss and grief.

  46. I wouldn’t say my storys are as intense as the first three because its not like dragonflys regularlyy swarm me. I have always seen dragon flys around me but never coming to me except for three times. 3 years ago I was on a canoe trip in Canada, Ontario and a dragonfly came and sat on the front of my canoe without moving for almost a full few hours. Then about a month later on another camping trip a very lathargic seeming dragonfly landed on me and I was able to get him to come onto my finger and sit there …After a while I layed him down on the grass and he died. Nothing happened since then until about a week ago I was sitting on my front porch and a dragon fly came and landed beside me once again very lathargic …I got him to crawl onto a leaf and then onto my hand…I had to go to work so I put him back down and didn’t see it again….weird!

  47. I believe that dragonflies and butterflies are a symbol of love ones that have passed. I have a dear friend who died suddenly 5 years ago of a brain aneurism. She left behind an 8 month old baby, a boyfriend of 8 years, and a beautiful family. Just crushed us all. Her sister turned 50 and I was invited to her surprise party yesterday. So grateful I went! Her son is now almost 6 and definately has her ful-loving personality, he hammed it up all day. We were doing the cake when all of a sudden this dragonfly flew into the house. At first it flew around a little crazy and got everyone’s attention. Carla’s little boy was running around crazy with it. Carla’s mom, sister, and I all looked at each other and tears welled up in our eyes. I said to them that is a symbol, she is here with us. The dragonfly flew up into the corner and I took a beautiful pic. <3 Not sure how to attach

    • I’ve received several messages like yours and I’ll admit that I’m surprised by how many I’ve gotten. Thank you for sharing! And if you’d like to share the photo too, I’d be happy to see it. You can e mail it to me at thedragonflywoman on gmail.

  48. It happens to me. This year in the Northwest Province there are swarms of dragon flies and butterflies, and moths. They all hover around me in swarms. The other. Day while sun bathing I had a mixed swarm of flying insects surround me….much to the delight of my two daughters and their friends xxx.

  49. My wife has had frequent encounters with a bright red dragonfly recently. We live in Singapore, and have a big garden with a 16ft above ground pool that my wife like to bathe in and regularly reads while lying on her floating bed in the water. “Ruby” started to buzz around her, not even bothering when our huge German Shepherd comes by. Within time, Ruby was landing on her leg, and now likes to sit on her big toe, or her heel if lying face down. If Vicky holds her hand out she’ll sit there too. Longest has been for 5 minutes! I’ve got tons of photos. She never comes near me at all……..truly amazing :-)

  50. I have had dragonflies come to me and sometimes it seems that they make sure that I notice them. I’ve even had them come to me when I have been in places where I would think they would not be…there were no water sources; I’ve read that they stay near water. Last summer until well into fall, my husband remarked that he didn’t know what it was about me but the dragonflies sure loved me. I see them as a symbol of change and good things to come. Also, I thought I had seen a dragonfly in our town several blocks back from the intersection we were at, so in my thoughts I asked for one to appear there if I had seen one at the previous place. Just before the light turned green, a dragonfly was flying up and down on my left side (I’m blind in my left eye, so it took some real manuvering for me to see it). I was absolutely astounded and felt very blessed!
    Just a few days ago, I dreamed that two green dragonflies landed on my head. I have had a lot of places where I search for dream interpretation but am unable to come up with an explanation for them landing on a head.

    • I’m glad that since you appear to be one of the dragonfly attractive people that you at least appreciate their presence! I hope someday I’ll figure out why so many people seem to have this sort of experience, but until then your guess is as good as mine. Hope you keep on enjoying it!

  51. Well, I have had dragonflies with me since July of 2012. A beautiful dragonfly perched itself in my car on the dash while the window was down, it unfortunately died there, and for some strange reason I just left it there. It was like my travel companion, and on my moms birthday (she passed in 2006) as I was spending time with my sister celebrating my moms life instead of being sad- we went and sang karaoke- as my mom was a singer. My life took a dramatic turn toward happiness, it was that night that dragonfly perched, well almost freeze dried in my car burst into a beautiful array of glittery particles on the air and out my window. During the next 5-6 months, they were everywhere I went from mowing the grass and having them hover in front of my face while I was mowing, to being with the man that changed my heart and life that night on my moms birthday (7-17) and having five PAIRS of dragonflies accompany us around a beautiful lake. My spiritual teacher & mentor that I sought in August informed me dragonflies signify major transformation & blessings, from passed loved ones, the universe! I embrace my beautiful travel companions and I feel empowered by them, they are everywhere, on everything I own just about…and I too am getting one tattooed on me as I feel this is my Higher Power to press on and that big blessings are in store for me and YOU too if dragonflies are accompanying you on this beautiful journey of life. I actually was inspired to establish a Natural healing & Wellness Center – The Healing Fields Wellness Center & Spiritual Retreat in Pennsylvania( check it out on FB) all because a dragonfly landed in my car and perched in my heart. They are life changers- when you see one smile and celebrate the beautiful transformation that will be unfolding!Thanks for allowing me to share my Dragonfly journey with you all!!! May you all be accompanied by dragonflies & blessings all the days of your lives!!! ; )

  52. My dragonfly story is sort of spiritual and some may not even believe me. I have several but I will share just a few. My mother passed away and one day I was going to visit her gravesite and wanted to place flowers but I knew my sister had just done so and I did not want to change them so I looked at a flower shop for something to add to the flowers. I found this beautiful large dragonfly insert and it reminded me of her since we had watched a the movie Dragonfly together. My husband accompanied me the next time I went to visit her grave and while arranging the flowers (I forgot to mention she is in a Mausoleum) I was telling him why I added the dragonfly. He tapped me on the shoulder as he kind of stumbled back and he pointed across the room on the floor. There was the biggest dragonfly I had ever seen sitting on the floor facing us as to be looking at us. I got up, returned the flowers still having the dragonfly insert to her tomb and then walked towards the dragonfly just knowing it was going to fly away once I go closer but it didn’t. I knelt down and touched it’s wings and they fluttered. I touched it again and then it flew and went right to my mother’s tomb, flew around the dragonfly insert and then flew out of the mausoleum. I know normally dragonflies do not get that big. It had to be 6 inches long. This is in Florida. It was blue with black and yellow stripes. It was beautiful. Well from that moment my family and I have associated dragonflies with my mother like she was letting us know she is watching over us or something. Usually if I am thinking real strong about her and missing her, someone who doesn’t know anything about the story will either give me a dragonfly gift or will have dragonfly jewelry on or something. I have several stories but one stands out. I was driving home from work and a swarm of dragonflies flew right towards me as I was getting onto an on ramp. I said aloud “Ok Momma, I will be careful in this traffic.” Well nothing out of the normal happened in the traffic on the highway. I was leaving the highway and was going down the off ramp when another swarm headed straight towards me again. I said, “Ok Momma, I’m almost home and I am paying attention.” I was more aware of my surroundings when I came to an intersection and there was one car in front of me stopped at the stop light. When the light turned green the car ahead of me went ahead but I thought about the dragonflies and I hesitated and let that car cross through intersection before I even began moving. After he got all the way across I had barely even pushed the gas when suddenly an SUV came speeding through the intersection running the red light from the other direction. If I had crossed the interesection as normal I would have no doubt been struck by this SUV and either hurt very badly or killed. The dragonflies and my mother as I believe it, probably saved my life.

    • Thank you for sharing this story! I’ve heard several like it and there are multiple cultures that belive that dragonflies represent the souls of departed loved ones returned to Earth to reassure the people they left behind. Who’s to say there’s not something more to that belief? And honestly, people’s beliefs have a lot of power. If it means something to you and gives you comfort, then keep on believing it!

  53. My son is now 9 years old and for the past couple of years dragonflies come to him and land on him. He can hold them in his hands and they stay for a long time. He can be with a group of people, but they seek him. It is also not the color of his clothes as it happens no matter what he wears.

  54. Chase in Delaware

    I find this article so interesting! I actually just googled, “why are dragonflies attracted to me” to figure out if there was a legitimate answer. I have many stories, but mainly, I go to the beach every weekend in the summer. While laying out with a group of friends dragonflies ALWAYS land one me. I think I had 6 on me at one time, but they don’t have any interest in any of my friends. We’re all wearing the same suntan lotion and we’re within feet from one another. It’s so odd. And after they land, they just rest… I can even move them from my body to my hands and pass them around. I figured they would be scared of me, but it’s like I have some kind of super power. I don’t mind it, I think it’s kinda cool/ entertaining. And it happens almost every weekend at the beach.

    • Interesting! Thank you for adding your story to my growing list! I find this fascinating and someday I hope to figure out what’s going on. I feel like there HAS to be something going on with this!

  55. My relationship with dragonflies is very similar to some of the experiences I’ve read here. As a child,dragonflies would hover right in front of my face, like they were checking me out. It is a mesmerizing thing. I’ve noticed in recent years they seem to seek me out to the exclusion of their natural habitat. They love to perch on my hand, head, and shoulders. If I don’t brush them away, they will sit there for up to an hour I even had a pair do the nasty right on my hand. How rude.

    • Ha ha! Would have loved to see that last bit! Thank you for sharing your story and adding it to the large collection of similar stories I’ve got here. I find this phenomenon fascinating, yet I still have no idea what might be behind it. Hopefully someday I (or someone else) will figure it out!

  56. Ever since I was young, dragonflys will perch on my fingers or toes as I am basking in the sun. I have told friends of this and they are astonished when this happens. I have videos of various events and pictures of many occassions this has happened. I can also call them back to be after they fly away and they will come back. I entertained a dragon fly for over a hour as it flew around my yard and continuously landed on my finger several times

  57. Dragonflies always come to me! They will land on my hands and I can take my hand close to my face and we look at each other. It was weird at first. My granddaughters love it! They are amazed. One of them tries so hard to get the dragonflies to come to her. This happens every summer day we are in our pool! They are precious! I hold my hand up and one always comes . Sometimes I have held up both hands and two come to rest and look. My children think I am some nature woman!!!! Love dragonflies!

  58. Michael Weiss

    Greetings from Virginia, USA. Yesterday, while taking my dogs to the nearby river for their daily romp, I had the most unusual dragonfly (or insect) encounter in my 50 years of life. For almost one hour, a huge dragonfly circled the dogs and I very close. At times he would buzz the little Pomchi (who made feeble attempts to catch it) and at other times it would slow in front of my face looking directly at me. I had to leave for a graduation but am certain this would have went on for a much longer time. I captured great video with my cell phone and am editing it now. I was so taken aback with this incident, that I Googled, “Dragonfly encounters with humans” and that is how I discovered your site. My questions…. is this still an active site? Are you still interested in videos and such? Please let me know and if so, I will happily share the video with you. Thank you for your time..
    Mike Weiss

    P.S. I am a retired Los Angeles Police Officer and former Army Paratrooper. I share that for what its worth in terms of helping to visualize the type of person who is communicating with you :)

    • Hello! Yes, this is still an active site, even though the post you responded to is fairly old at this point. Glad that you got to have this experience! From your video, it looks like you ran into a male dragonfly who was patrolling the water’s edge for females when you came along. I can’t tell what of two things I think are most likely was happening: 1) that you just happened to be in its flight path and it was going around you as if you were an inanimate object that suddenly appeared in its territory or 2) it was hanging around you and your pup because you might scare up some food for it to eat. The latter has been reported many times for several species of dragonflies, where dragonflies follow large mammals (this is no comment on your personal physique, just a statement that humans are fairly large as mammals go), including humans, because they cause insects that the dragonflies like to eat to fly up as they walk. Did you happen to see lots of little flies along the shore where you were? If so, I would imagine that the latter is a more likely scenario.

      That said, I don’t totally discount the idea that the dragonfly was attracted to you and/or the dog for other reasons! As you can see from the other comments on this page, humans attracting dragonflies for one reason or another seems to happen for strange and inexplicable reasons. Perhaps the dragonfly found you alluring! Regardless of the reasons behind the behavior you observed, I am glad that you found it fascinating enough to look it up online and that you took the time to comment. It clearly made a big impression on you!

  59. Dragonflies keeping flying and hovering around me.I am now very scared of them.They don’t cling to me,though.Whenever I see a dragonfly coming toward,I get scared and run to the closest door inside.

    • I’m sorry that the dragonflies scare you! They’re harmless to people, so there’s no reason to be scared of them. I’m sure that won’t convince you that you shouldn’t be afraid of them, but I thought it was worth a shot just in case I can change your mind.

  60. Last year I had dragonflies following me everywhere. One followed me from one parking lot to another it followed me down the road back to work. They flew along side me as I drive my forklift. And even hovered over and looked into my windshield at a drive thru. Only my car. It was so strange and the day I decided to look up the meaning of dragonflies, it ended up being the date of my fathers death. After that day I did not see them again until this week. They are back again, following me and landing next to me. It was almost as if my father was trying to tell me he is still with me. They were very persistent, as if trying to reach me. I normally don’t believe stuff like that but they were desperately trying to reach me. Strange. Maybe my white car attracts bugs more. But following my truck and landing next to me. I can’t explain. I love them and have never been afraid of them.

  61. Hi, just came upond this blog from a serch. I wanted to know if anyone else have dragon or damselfies land and stay with them too. just this morning two beautiful damsels landed on me and stayed with me having coffee on my deck. They then followed me to my koi pond and sat again on my arm and leg while I fed my fish. Because we do have a med size koi pond we do atract dragons and dams. People including my husband find it odd that these damsel and dragons land on me all the time ( all most every day) and in different states and different countrys. No one else I know has ever had them land on them even when they sit right across or next to me.. I live in PA but had people surprise at Disney in FL, that they land on me at several buss stops and our resort. In Costa Rica I had swarms of 10-20 land on me in the jungle at a time, Also in Mexico and Cozumle I have had them land. I do love them and find them beautiful, I do think it is a scent thing. I also get bit by misquitos worst then most too. Bees and other bugs dont have any intrest in me. Just wanted to know if others have this happen to them too. Oh BTW this did not happen all my life just as an adult, I think it has only benn in the last 10 or 15 years ? Now that I’ve read some stories I now know there are other drangonfly whisperers! YEA!

    • Yes, you are definitely not alone in this! As you can see from the many other comments here, lots of other people also have dragonflies arracted to them. I still have no idea why, but I hope one day someone will find out!

  62. After reading your post I just wanted to share my dragonfly experience. I never had one land on me and stay or something like that, but this morning as I was sitting on my deck reading I noticed a dragon fly was sitting motionless on a plant right in front of my eyes. Despite the wind that was blowing and everything, the dragonfly clung to the branch of this plant (mind you, the plant was dead) as we looked at each other for a good 10 minutes, no exaggeration. Every so often he would turn his head (or eyes?) sideways but he stayed like that looking at me and I looking at him for what seemed like an eternity. Then after about 10 minutes, he flew away.
    I never knew dragonflies to behave this way and couldn’t tell you the last time I even SAW a dragonfly outside around me! It’s funny when you observe nature and nature seems to observe you back :)

    • There’s always a chance that the dragonfly was just holding on to the plant because it proved a good perch in the wind, but they are incredibly visual animals. I have no doubt he/she was checking you out while you watched back!

  63. For the past 3 days iv had a searm of 25-30 dragonflys following me when i go outside,if im in the front they all hover above me if im in the back it takes about 3 seconds and there all hovering above me!they get close enough i make eye contact with them but none have landed on me.idk y but its very interesting

    • Hmm… That almost sounds like a behavior that’s been documented in dragonflies of a few species where the dragonflies will follow mammals because they kick up insects that the dragonflies like to eat while they walk. They’ve learned they can get an easy meal doing this! Hope you enjoyed your little entourage!

  64. My child has multiple dragonflies land on her while swimming in the pool. what is interesting is that they will not go near her twin sister or me.

  65. I found your website because it happens so frequently, I was looking to see if it was harmful or they would bite her. All she has to do is put her finger out and they will land on it but the dragonflies will not land on the rest of us
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  66. Sitting on a float in my pool on Atlanta with a dragonfly on my toe. I think it’s mating season and they are posing for the opposite sex or something. I move my toe and it hangs on. Flies away and comes back. Nothing sinister. Pretty cool.

    • They might very well use your toes as perches to look for mates as you suggested, though they might be looking for food too. Fun experience regardless though! Hope you enjoy it.

  67. Ashly -Canada

    Hello Miss Dragonfly,
    Dragonflies have been landing on me for years. They would land on my head while I was swimming in the lake, the back or sleeve of my shirt while on land and at times I’d have strangers pointing them out to me. I always thought it was pretty neat and didn’t think much of it. That is until I went tubing with my friend and we noticed a dragonfly land on her knee. I pointed it out and we thought it was really cool. After I pointed out the dragonfly on her knee, 8 dragonflies landed on my legs and arms. It was an occurrence that we will remember for the rest of our lives and has given me a special appreciation for these interesting little creatures.
    It was so neat!

    I found your site trying to find the reason as to why they are attracted to me. I enjoyed reading the similar stories, Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
    Have a great summer :)

  68. I actually read this article because I found it very strange that dragonflies seem to be attracted to my infant granddaughter. She is only 5 months old and on 3 separate occasions a dragonfly has landed on her head. Each time was in a different place, one time was even in another TOWN. No one in our family has ever had this happen and twice, my dauther was holding her when it happened. It actually flew between my daughter and the baby before landing on the baby’s head. The fact that it has happened three times is what made me google this to see WHY!?!

    It is certainly a sweet thought that it is a loved one that has passed on.

  69. I have very happy dragonflies in my backyard and they will come to me if I hold my hand out. When I am in the pool, I can raise my hand out and one will land. I can bring them so close to my face that I can see them looking at me and see their tiny mouths moving. Sometimes they will sit so long that I think they’ve fallen asleep. Other times, they will fly away and if I keep my hand out, they will land on it repeatedly. Yesterday, my little friend did this six times…he would fly away for 30 sec bursts and then come right back. Feeling them land on you allows for a stillness to come over you and is a wonderful meditation. I wear no perfume or scents.

    • Interesting! Makes me wonder if the dragonfly might not be using you as a perch to look for mates or food the way you’ve desrcibed it. Sounds like a basic territorial behavior, with you acting as a perch! Do they do it to anyone else around your pool? That’s what I find most interesting about this interaction with people, when they choose one person repeatedly and ignore others, so I’m intetested in knowing whether this is the case in your experience.

      Glad you find the experience pleasant though! If you’re attracting dragonflies, it’s good to know that you’re happy with their being there as it would be pretty awful if you were scared of them…

  70. hello I have experienced this phenomenon of dragonflies landing on my fingertip and my sons fingertip while we sit around a swimming pool all we do is wet our finger and hold it up in the air and the Dragonfly comes and lands on our fingertips I don’t understand it but it is really cool I even have video of it on my YouTube page

    • From your video, it looks like the dragonflies are using you as a perch by the water and are looking for mates and/or food while sitting on your fingers. Do you have any other things around your pool that would give the dragonflies a clear vantage point toward the water? Your fingers look a lot like the kinds of things they like to use as perches in nature, so I suspect they find them more agreeable places to sit than the alternatives in the area. But, I could be completely wrong about this too! Are they doing it to just the two of you, or anyone that comes near the pool?

  71. Here is a link to the video… its been a year since this video were made but we are back at the same pool and they are now landing on my sons finger tip.

  72. Richard Halliburton

    Phoenix Arizona .. This happened a few years ago. My wife Kathy and I were in our pool and this lone large orange dragonfly kept circling and circling us as we told it how beautiful it was. It kept getting closer and closer..then Kathy mentioned that perhaps we should both stick one of our index fingers straight vertical as we continued to talk to it..we did and it landed on Kathy’s finger first and just stayed there and stared at her..then it flew directly to me and landed on my finger and did the same. You know how a dog slowly cocks its head side to side as if it is trying to understand or maybe just process what it is experiencing? This beautiful orange dragonfly did the same thing as it just sat on my finger and stared at me..and listened to my voice..it was a HUGE moment!

    • Sounds like it was an amazing experience! So glad you enjoyed it. If you’re in Phoenix and it was large, orange, and near a pool, I’d bet it was a flame skimmer. They were the most common dragonfly I found near pools in Tucson when I lived there, and I know you’ve got a lot of the flame skimmers up your way too. That would be a spectacular one to have sitting on you!

  73. chris garabedian

    Hello,my name is chris and i am from lowell ma. I have had many experiences over the years like the three stories. Today it happened again and i wondered if there was any info on this,and i came across your stories. Have you found any explanations yet?

    • Sorry, no, I still don’t have any explanations for why this happens. I don’t even really know what to suggest might be the cause of this behavior – a scent that someone gives off (either themselves or through their laundry habits)? A behavior? A genetic thing? Something completely different? It’s a very off behavior, but judging from the huge variety of stories people have shared here, I suspect there may be several causes for it, even if the end result is the same. Hope you enjoy the experience though! I know I would, but I also know that a lot of people don’t like it and it can be very unpleasant for them.

  74. Ok so I’m sitting in my backyard right now and I Google is it just me or is there something about dragonflies. I’ve always experienced everything above minus them dying. Right now I’m in my backyard with an audience of them. I’ve experienced what I figured was territorial behaviour. Swooping at my face ect. Accompaniment where they perch beside me almost as if hoping to communicate. I noticed its always when I’m sweating. Might be a pheromone we release when we feel scared that puts them in either an investigate or attack mode depending on previous experience with human contact.

    • It might have something to do with scent, but I can’t say that with any sort of certainty. I can say with much greater certainty, however, that you’re way too big for a dragonfly to try to attack and that you really don’t need to worry about the dragonflies that come near you. Except under exceedingly rare circumstances, they’re harmless to people.

      Thanks for sharing your story here though! As you can see from the very long list of comments on this post, you are not the only one who has this experience.

  75. Ha! I’m so glad I found this post!! I just moved from the west coast (very few dragonflies – not much humidity where I was) to the east coast (9-zillion percent humidity and dragonflies EVERYWHERE). I’ve been attracting them like crazy.

    Reading about accompanying behavior, I now have to think perhaps it’s something to do with my scent – or rather what my scent does. I attract mosquitoes. I’m basically a blood-sucker Sunday brunch. I can’t leave the house without being sprayed to the 9s with mosquito repellent, otherwise I end up eaten alive (and I’m allergic – my bites turn into welts & large scarred patches that itch for months). Lately, I have a dragonfly entourage. It started with one, a big guy on the back fence. I thought he was neat, and being an entophile of epic proportions, I ran into the house to get my camera. When I came back out, he flew to me, landed on my shirt, and then took flight to perch on the fence. He let me get scant inches from him and never flinched, just sat there while I snapped away. Just today, out hiking, I had one land on my legs and refuse to leave — just clung to me. I eventually had to physically haul him off my bare legs and put him on a bush. Later, I had a damselfly land on my hand. I tried passing him/her off to my daughter to hold, and it kept flying back over to land on me. Eventually it tired of sitting with me and flew off, but it was a bit surreal, seeing the refusal to go to anyone else when it readily landed on me.

    I tested my attraction later with a pair of damsels that were hovering overhead. Put my hand up and they landed like tame canaries on my finger.

    What gives? So very interesting.

    • That is a very good hypothesis for what might be happening with the dragonflies! I think you might be right about that. That said, I do not attract dragonflies and DO attract tons of mosquitoes, so there is likely something else (or multiple something elses) at play too. It’s a fascinating behavior, though I doubt it is something very easily explained away in cases like yours or the people whom I described in the post. I hope I will be able to learn more about it someday!

      Allow me to say, however, that I’m very envious of your experience. How marvelous! I would love to have that happen to me…

  76. Hey, this sort of thing just happened to me today. I am a full time student at the University of Calgary and am currently working part time as a Metal Worker for the summer, I am constantly working outside under the sun 8-10 hours a day. I have never experienced dragonflies accompanying me or ever landing on me before until early on this morning. I have no idea how long this dragonfly was clinging onto the chest of my high frequency vest, I at first sensed something strange as I was carrying on my daily duty it wasn’t until later that I realized I had a companion along for the ride. At first I was startled looking down at this dragonfly, I thought maybe it was dying or sleeping.. I don’t know. As I observed the dragonfly for the next minute or so I realized it was pretty big; had brown/tanned eyes, brown body with black stripes. I tapped its wings, its tail and I even nudged it a little bit seeing a slight reaction with its legs moving a little bit. But it just continued to sit there staring right back at me. To be honest I was kind of creeped out, so I brushed it off my chest. I can say it was probably for the best, I didn’t want to crush it. But I also felt really bad and instantly regretted doing that as it fell down on one of the panels looking stunned. I hope it isn’t the last time I experience something like this, I just wish I could have reacted a little better. Call me crazy, but maybe it’s something beyond just the scent? Like in behavior or someone’s spirit? Bah just speculation really, and I really enjoyed reading this article.

    • I have no idea what is causing this behavior, but it’s a lot more common than I expected judging from all the comments this post gets. I tend to lean toward the more scientific explanations of scent, people attracting other bugs that the dragonflies like, people stirring up bugs that the dragonflies like, or the people this happens to may even be giving off a light pattern that the dragonflies like. But honestly, I don’t know and it’s all just speculation, so your guess is as good as mine!

      Thank you for sharing your story though! I appreciate your adding it to my growing collection of odd dragonfly tales here.

  77. I don’t live very close to water. I have seen dragonflies around while working in my gardens in past years. This year, I seem to be attracting them here and anywhere else I go. They dont land on me, but they do land very close. They let me slip a finger up to their legs, the way you would get a bird to light, but they only move their heads. It’s happened 8 times today, alone.

    • If you’re seeing them in a garden while you’re working in there, I’d bet you’re seeing a behavior where the dragonflies are attracted to the area by food, the little insects you stir up while you work. It happens more than people expect, and it can be quite a ways from water! I get reports of this sort of thing happening when people mow or garden or trim trees/shrubs in my dragonfly swarm project often, so it’s not an uncommon event. Hope you appreciate the free mosquito control they provide! :)

  78. Yesterday while sitting outside I had 3 dragonflies circling me and landing on me at different times over a period of an hour. If I put my hand out they would land on my hand. I was even able to pick it up in my hand when it landed on my leg. Being a lover of dragonflies and collecting them and even having a tattoo of one I was mystified by thrilled by their behavior. I stumbled on this page when I googled to see if anyone else has ever had the experience before.

  79. Hello, I happened soon your site because I have recently move into a neighborhood with large amounts of dragonflys and they have been swarming and following me around as I do yard work, but this has also reminded me of something I witnessed as a child. My uncle attracted dragonflies like crazy, he was a little “crazy” and would walk around the neighborhood all day, and he never wore a shirt. Dragon flies would land all over him and just go for a ride as he walked the neighborhood. Of course this just added to the bizarreness of him. But it never failed, as soon as he went out side there would be the dragonflies, landing in his shoulders or he would hold up his arms and they would land on him like a pet bird. A very strange thing indeed.

  80. I had the most curious thing happen to me today… A dragonfly darted in front of me twice as I was walking, it almost seemed as if wanted my attention, or it was following me. When I realized what it was, I stopped and stretched out my hand I said “come here” offering him a place to land. He landed and my finger and I brought my hand in closer and said “hi” it responded by waving only one of its legs! I giggled with amazement and moved my other hand to get my phone out of my pocket… he flew away. I said “don’t be afraid, I just wanted to take a picture.” He landed on the railing and I snapped a picture of him.

    I thought that was the best thing that could’ve happened to me! I found your site after trying to find out if this was common dragonfly behavior. :)

  81. Over the weekend while sitting outside on my deck I noticed 3 dragonflies circling around me. Over a period of about 1 hour they were taking turns landing on me! I kept putting out my hand and they would circle and then land. They would even let me pick them up when they landed on my leg. I was thrilled! I never had an experience like that before and stumbled on your website here when looking to see if anyone else has ever had the same experience. I am hoping that at some point I will be able to have that experience again :)

  82. My experience with dragonflies started after my son passed away in 2004. I don’t know what, if anything, it means, but it has brought me a great deal of comfort! I’ve had dragonflies circle around me, land and stay on me the whole time I’m walking my dog, or sit on my leg for 20 minutes at a time. I actually thought this was normal until my neighbors witnessed it several times last summer & started commenting about it. Yesterday I had one follow me around while doing yardwork – wherever I went, he would land within a couple feet of me. It went on for quite a while & gave me the giggles! Today I met a friend for lunch on an outdoor patio and was telling him the story. Later, we saw one hovering around, so as a joke I held out my finger – the dragonfly flew right to it and stayed there! I’m sorry so many are fearful of them; to me, they are so peaceful and beautiful.

    • I’m so glad that the dragonflies have brought you comfort during a time of horrible loss. I’ll admit that they brought me similar comfort after the recent death of my father, so I can relate to some extent. You’re right – there’s something so peaceful about them. Hope you continue to enjoy them!

  83. This is so interesting! While I don’t think I attract dragonflies more than the average person, I do pick up dragonflies that have had the wind knocked out of them, so to speak, by cars when I go on my walks. Usually I walk the last couple of miles accompanied by a recovering meadowhawk on each shoulder. I think they deter the deer flies!

  84. i just had a dragonfly chase me around the patio. it seemed pretty determined it was going to investigate me. my family witnessed the encounter, i was holding a lawn chair in my hands to have it keep its distance. i am always the victim of bug encounters. bees, mosquitoes and butterfly’s seem to be the most frequent. i am deathly afraid of bugs. but never have i been bothered by a dragonfly. this was so unusual i was trying to find more information on this behavior.

  85. I have had the same experience for the last half week. I have two buddies that wait on my front porch and then “play” with me or family members when we come outside. I do have a video of one landing on me and hanging out. Shoot me an email and I will send it to you.

    • Fun! What a great experience. But my e mail was returned to me, so I suspect there’s a typo. If you’d like to send the video, please contact me with my Contact Me form at the top of the page and I’ll tell you where to send it!

  86. Kimberly Martin

    What a great thread, I was looking to see if this was normal behavior. I have a farm that has a pond at the back of the 12 acres, so have quite a lot of dragonflies. They land on me at the other end of the property regularly. Today, I had a very interesting encounter no where near water. Like the young lady above, when he landed on my hand I complimented him on his beauty. He flew a few feet away and cam back probably 15 times. There were other places to perch, but he preferred me. (I wear no perfumes, etc.) I had suffered the loss of a loved one, and was told to look for “signs”, so I told the dragonfly on his second landing I thought he was a sign, he nodded yes. Every time he would land I would ask a “yes” or “no” question and got the appropriate response each time. One time though, I told him something that would’ve been disturbing to my lost loved one, and the dragonfly flew away and did a much more animated flight and return, as if it had upset him..I can’t say what exactly this was, but had heard that dragonflies are considered pure in myth. I do wear the Angel of Purity symbol around my neck (it had significance to my little boy who passed). If nothing else, it was a wondrous experience.

    • What a lovely story! Thank you so much for sharing it. You’ll notice that several other people have shared experiences with dragonflies after the loss of loved ones and it seems that the dragonflies are, by and large, a comfort to those who are left behind. Glad you were able to enjoy the experience, though nothing will ever make up for the loss you have suffered. My deepest sympathies.

  87. My friends call me The Dragonfly Whisperer. I joke and say maybe they think I’m a big tasty bug. I really did not realize the behavior was unusual. They just hang out on my hands or feet, have landed on my legs or shoulders while walking, I even had one stare at my face and try to fly into my eye – to which I laughed hysterically. I have no idea what attracts them but they are wonderful.

  88. I was searching for info and found this site. I am in Rhinelander, wi and a dragonfly keeps landing on my toe. It flies away and comes back. Ieven went in the cabin for a bit and when I returned to the pier my little friend landed on my foot again.

  89. I went floating down a river today, and there were many damselflies- but I was with two other people, and I must have had 25-50 of the visit me, landing on three particular parts of my body- I was wearing a bathing suit, and the majority of them landed on my left breast, my left knee, and my pelvis, first just one. then, they came by the two’s even threes- all connected. My friends were untouched, I was just enthralled by it all. I’ve been enchanted all day, thinking about the symbolism, as well as maybe a tangible, scientific explanation as to what may attract them to a human. I then found this site! Anyway, I felt inclined to share. Magic in the air indeed.

  90. I have become a dragonfly photographer because they routinely land on or near me for long stretches. As others describe it, they pose for me. Not all dragonflies do this- I don’t look like a dragonfly goddess ensconced in wings and colors, but they do it frequently enough to be noticed as a pattern. I like to think this happens because they know I appreciate their aesthetic and metaphorical majesty, but I really haven’t the foggiest idea.

    • Great story! And I’m glad you enjoy photographing them. Me too!

      • My wife had cancer…a butterfly landed on her shoulder…she beat the cancer…a dragon fly landed on my hand…I put it on a bush and returned later and it got back on my finger….a bumble bee hungout by our back door around March…it seemed to follow me around the pool…huge red wasps would come near and the bee would dart at them, knocking them away…

  91. randallbhayes@gmail.com

    I have had this happen several times with dragonflies. Two of the times I took pictures. One of these times I had a 4 hour drive to make after working all night without sleep. The dragon fly stayed with me the entire drive. In and out of convenience stores. I would move him around and he just stuck around. I even took pictures of me kissing it on the head without a flinch.
    I took a picture of me giving the second one a kiss as well. I was just curious if it would let me. The pictures are about a year apart. I’ve done the same with a butterfly with picture as well. I’ve also had a beetle that wouldn’t leave me even after I knocked it off when startled. It crawled back to me and onto my lap.
    I’m happy to send pictures if you let me know where to send them. I’ve been trying to figure this out a while now so any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • I unfortunately don’t have any explanations for you, but I’d be happy to take a look at your photos! You can send them to dragonflywoman at outlook dot com. And thanks for sharing your story! I appreciate your adding it to my growing collection.

  92. I just had an encounter with a dragonfly (my first, really) that led me to this site. I was at standing outside watching the sunrise when something flew into the side of my face, fast. I quickly swatted, thinking it was a cicada, and looked down to see a large dragonfly. The dragonfly was stunned for a second but almost immediately flew away. It hit my face so fast and so hard that I could feel it even after it flew away. I’m still a little shaken by this as I’ve never had such a large insect come in contact with me like that.

    I haven’t read through the nearly 200 comments on this post but I did read a few that encouraged the sharing of stories so this is mine. Not sure what I’m even looking for by posting this but I had to share, as even now I can still feel where the dragonfly came in contact with my face.

  93. We live in a rural area and the land has a small creek a half mile in the woods. I would go outside and see the dragonflies and carry on with my business. One day I was standing (completely still) outside talking to my mom. I saw a dragonfly hovering near me so I slowly stuck out my arm thinking it would flee. To my surprise it landed on me! This occurred when I was 16. Since then dragonflies have been attracted to me. They follow me and land on me, I’d even go so far as to say they kind of hang out with me. Family and friends comment on it. The dragonflies bypass everyone around me and come to me. I’m 21 now and this still continues. I ride horses and my riding instructor comments all the time about the dragonflies. They will fly right beside me and the horse. There favorite spot is right above my shoulder. Just today as I was walking out to the arena with 2 other people there dragonflies changed their direction and flew within touching distance around me. dragonflies follow me as i walk (in the yard, woods, on a horse, etc). They are like fairies. Butterflies will also land on me. This occurrence is unique and I think it’s amazing. I’m just curious.

  94. This just happened to me. I live in SE Texas and they’ve always just been around. Since I was a kid they have seemed to like me more than others. Just now I was watering my garden and a large one with a green body and shiny blue tail fle within a foot of my face and just hovered there..staring at me. For about 10 minutes it just hovered around me staring at me from different angles. Then I pointed my finger at it and, laughing, said “you stop it, you’re freaking me out” and right on cue it bonked its head right into my finger. It came to me..I was holding still. My husband witnessed it as well. It only did that once, but it continued to hover and stare until I went inside. Very strange and very interesting.

  95. ok so my story starts when i was planting grass in my back yard during the florida summer. out of nowhere came a blue dragonfly and it came very close to as to say who are you and what are doing here? it continued to hover around me darting back and forth and towards me so i moved to the other side of the yard. well he/she came right with me acting the same way. no water was around. so i was not sure if they bite, but i was not sticking around to find out.

  96. Hi there I have experienced this happen to me several times before. It happens pretty often actually. I once was in my local park with my sister and my dog and had one land on my shoulder and stay there for several mins my sister got pictures of it. Another time I was fishing with my friend and we were fishing on a small dingy and 3 or 4 possibly more of them landed on and around me only on my side of the boat, he couldn’t believe it. I’ve had them even when in the car before pulling out of the driveway have them hovering outside my car looking directly at me. Strange right? I heard from a spiritual woman that dragonflies accompany people who have lost someone that they loved and cared for. Which I did lose my step father at a young age. I believe this is the reason they are around me. I like to think it lets me know he’s still watching over me :)

    • A lot of people have the same thoughts about dragonflies, that they’re looking over people left behind by loved ones. I’m glad the idea gives you comfort, and that you like to have the dragonflies around.

  97. Today I had a peculiar occurance. Which led me to do a quick search curious about it. Your site was all I could find about it.

    First off I will share that there is a body of water in town but it quite a ways off from where we were at. Also we had just had a lot of rain the past two days or so. I went into the yard and sat down playing my guitar and praising YHWH. I was quite into playing and fairly oblivious to anything other than relaxing and singing; when this dragonfly zips up to me and just hoovers in front of my face. Then it decides to land on my sandal. I was stunned as I didn’t know they would land on people at all. This critter just sat and blinked. It flew up a few times and I thought it was going to fly away each time when it decides to land in the same spot again. The last time I reached out to grab my camera to take a picture it again flew up and then came to rest again not quite on the same spot but close to. I got a picture, not quite as close up as I was hoping, and then it flew off. I have always been in awe of all YHWH critters and creation…though I admit I hoped it wouldn’t bite!

    I do have to add to this that I have had animals follow me since I was a child. Most animals like me and are drawn to me for some peculiar reason. I have had people make comments about it whenever it has happened in front of others, I just thought it was neat.

    I am also a mosquito magnet it would seem. Later after this I did notice we have quite a few mosquitos, gnats and the like around the yard in various places.

    I was wearing mostly greens and a bit of blue. I wear no scents. No beauty products like make-up.

    As I said, I was playing guitar when it happened as well…are they attracted to vibration or sound waves? I’ve tried to include everything I could think of that I noticed in some of your previous posts. I like learning the why of things as well…it does seem that it is actually pretty common though ;o)

    It was peculiar though I did enjoy the experience and was in awe at seeing one up close and in action…man do they zip zip zip around!~!!

    I really only saw the front of it. It appeared to have a red face and the eyes blinked several times. I believe the wings were out so I am pretty sure it was a dragonfly not a damsel. The only dragonflies I have ever seen were green/blue. Other than the face I did not get a very good look I was trying to hold still…I can’t compare with the others I have seen cause this is the first time I actually saw one not flying to see it’s face LOL!~!!

  98. I have experienced this too. I even have a picture of one that landed on my finger. When I was younger I use to be afraid of dragonflies. Now im 26 and Im very intrigued by what these things can do. I now have no fear of dragonflies at all and I actually enjoy they’re company. Some of the colors they exhibit are just beautiful. So again day after day when I went home for my lunch break at around noon I would see the dragonflies on a daily basis. I live in Illinois so really only a few months a year they around. usually when its sunny and hot. But again on my lunch id observe them landing on my car antenna. Then the dragonfly would do a couple laps around the driveway and then land back on my car. What I would assume was this was the same dragonfly id see for a week straight before id see a different one. But one day I stuck my finger next to the antenna and for awhile there the dragonfly would buzz off if I got too close but then it would come back and land on the antenna while my finger was still there. Once again it fly away again when I moved closer and it would do a couple little laps and it would fly right by my finger and then back up and then move closer, then back up…….FInally after a day or 2 of trying this over and over again the dragonfly finally landed on my finger. Once it did it was just sit there facing me,,,,almost as if the dragonfly was looking right at my eyes trying to figure me out. From my experiences I think they are very intelligent little creatures and I think either you build a bond with one or they are just very curious as to what we are. Obviously they know we are not food but I think honestly that species can evolve and I think they are slowly evolving to be our friends. From previous stories I have read some people attract bugs when they are out and maybe the dragonflies are starting to know this as a fact and have learned to use us as an accomplice. to they’re feeding frenzy. Very interesting topic. Heck even today when I was outside of my work I sat on the bench and watched a dragonfly circle in front of me. It was moving very quickly and would whip right past me. So I stuck my finger and it would just pass my finger but wouldn’t land. Seems like certain ones have more guts to try this than others.

  99. I’m actually searching for why are dragonflies so curious and found your blog. I live in Ontario, one day my boyfriend and I took a walk on the trams canada trail and we were just walking along having a conversation and I noticed that a red dragonfly was following us. As we walked he would fly along but he would always turn to face us. He would fly a few steps ahead, land on a piece of grass and face us, we would catch up and he would do it again. For a very long time this went on I was amazed. Just the other day my mom said something about dragonflies being very curious. I haven’t gotten into detail with her about it yet but often I walk through a field by my house and they seem to land on grass near me it seems like they’re curious or they like me? I’m not sure but now I’m really curious!

    • There’s a good chance that the dragonflies you’re seeing are hoping you’ll disturb some of the little insects in the area as you walk so they can eat them. This behavior had been documented in several dragonfly species and seems to have been something the dragonflies have learned: that large mammals (such as humans, cows, antelope, etc) are really good at kicking up the insects they want to eat and following said large mammals can result in some very fine dragonfly dining. The way you described your encounters makes me think this is what you were seeing – a very cool behavior!

      • That is very cool thanks! I actually wondered if that was the cause since Mosquitos and those little nats tend to bother people on walks I thought maybe he was hoping for some food! Thanks for the info can’t wait to tell my bf and mom! :)

  100. Thaise Latour Saucier

    I havent experienced swarms of dragonflies, in fact I’ve only ever seen 2 or 3 dragonflies in the same field at any given time. However, over the past month I have had them land on me, for the first time in my life. The first incident with one I named Perry, for his periwinkle coloring, found me at a lake in the mountains. When he first landed on me I was so excited. I’ve always loved dragonflies and even got a tattoo on the back of my neck. He sat for a few moments and then flew away. He then came back and sat a little longer this time. When he flew away I watched him fly so far he left my view and I thought he was gone for good. But he came back! This time resting on my arm for 10-15 minutes before a splash scared him off. I didnt think anything of it until this weekend when i was at the park with my son. Another dragonfly, this one a pea green color, landed on my leg. My son came over to see and even in the commotion he stayed. He did leave after about a minute, but then came back. And stayed for about 2 minutes. It wasnt until then I started wondering why they kept landing on me, and realized that even though the ones at my son’s football field didnt land on me, I always saw one resting on the rope in front of where I was sitting. This got me nervous because I know some animals can sense illness and, I was hoping that wasnt the case with me when I googled what does it mean when a dragonfly lands on you, and found this page. Would be interesting to know why they suddenly feel comfortable landing on me. But for now I’ll just enjoy the miracle of nature.

  101. We have a small-nature pond in our garden, and this year we had 5 dragonflies hatch, my husband and I were lucky enough to watch the whole process twice, something I know I shall never forget, so amazing. We have had 4 dragonflies come into our house in the last few weeks. It’s as if they have come home to die. I’m sure it’s just a romantic idea, it’s just odd and probably a huge coincidence that we had 5 black and green (sorry I don’t know anything about them) come from our pond and now we have 3 dead ones and one which is clumsily flying about waiting for him time too.

    • How odd that they’re coming into your house like that! I wonder if they might be seeking a warmer place as they near the end of their lives and just happen to be finding their way into you house.

      Your black and green dragonflies sound like female pondhawks, either eastern or western depending on where you live. Fun that you got to see them emerge!

  102. Hi There,
    I was wondering if dragonflies give off any warning signs for mosquitoes that a predator is near? Maybe a scent or the sound of the dragonflies wings? i ask because i am conducting a study for a university experiment on how to repel mosquitoes without bug repellent, and am researching mosquitoes natural predator to find a deterrent .
    Thanks!

  103. I also have dragonflies follow me. They generally don’t land on me, but it happens a lot that I’ll be in the yard & they fly towards me & follow me while they will not do this with others in the yard. Last week I was visiting sisters in Florida and a swarm came flying toward me on the beach & left and the same thing happened to me on a boat while watching for dolphins. I told my sisters about it and found it strange because they never see dragon flies like that around them. They seem to cross my path very frequently even when not around water. I also happen to see a lot of blue dragon flies. Don’t know what it means, but I find it very peaceful, but very curious why. This has been happening for probably 3 or 4 years that I’ve really taken notice.

    • If the dragonflies are following you while you move, there’s a good chance they’re using you to rustle up food for them. It’s a behavior that’s been documented in several dragonfly species where they’ve learned to follow larger, ground dwelling animals because they kick up little insects, the ones the dragonflies like to eat, as they walk. As for the swarm, sounds like you were in the right place at the right time to see part of a migration! Cool! Consider yourself lucky to have seen it. It’s not a super common sight!

  104. Hello,I have always liked Dragonflies,And have had them in my yard every summer.They never paid attention to me,And i’f i got close to them,I’f they had landed somewhere they would fly away.Until recently…..I had a complete thyroidectomy 25 days ago.And two days after my surgery i was outside ,With my daughter and a big Dragonfly kept flying around me,Then hovering close looking right at me,Same thing happened today,I was outside with my boyfriend,The dragonfly paid no attention to him ,Just me.I am curious too,As to why the dragonflies have started doing this to me. I’f possible please keep me updated with any information you may have.Thank You,Have a Great Day :)

  105. I have been searching for why this.happens for years, since I was a child.growing up in alas I have been followed, landed on by dragonflies, damselflies, moths, butterflies and bumblebees. Most recently in the years since I have moved to Idaho I seem to attract ladybugs, flies, and birds. It’s all very weird to me but I don’t mind. I’ve had damselflies refuse to get off me recently when I was sunbathing I had a bird land on my back p

  106. Your Welcome ,Have a Great Day :)

  107. Hello from Miranda Sydney Australia. I too seem to get a visit from dragon flies , but i get only one at the time, but at the same time every year. I always flies into my house then waits for to guide out, after staring at me for a while. I am always alone when they , then they go again. 3rd year in a row this day

  108. Hi there.
    I’m writing to you from South Africa. Marloth park, Kruger park. Myself and my girlfriend went for a rather long distance hike today and was followed by 2 dragon flies and a 3 rd one with black wings and yellow tips on the edges. Rather beautiful. They follow us for almost the entire journey. It was a very strange experience but very special.
    Kind regards
    Riaan Barnard

    • Ooh, I bet you were seeing some sort of following behavior! Dragonglies are known to follow large mammals (like humans) because they stir up all kinds of prey insects as they move. If I’m interpreting the behavior correctly (whcih of course I can’t know for sure, having not been there myself), then you and your girlfriend were probably creating a sort of dragonfly buffet as you hiked! I’m sure they appreciated that greatly.

  109. Found this thread while looking up song lyrics for ‘Dirty Paws’. How about a dragonfly comming in a car window at about 60mph {the car}, riding for about 20 miles, on my shirt, and flying out the window at the next off ramp after hovering at my face, then, gone. My girlfriend who was next to me, said it was a spirit catching a ride. I’ve always liked dragonflys, thought they were special creatures and hoped she was right.
    ramp?

    • Wow! That’s a crazy weird experience! Never heard one like that. I don’t even know how to begin to interpret that once, but how cool that you got to experience that. Glad you enjoyed it!

  110. Same has happened to me but didn’t start until a few years ago, to the point I can call out “hey Dragonfly buddy!” and it comes just like a dog, they will land on me or next to me, my parents were astonished and thought I was nuts until I brought them outside and said watch this, called my friend and he came mere seconds after I called…he would let me take beautiful close up pics of him it was amazing, and now they come whenever I call when im in need of some spiritual healing, my bf thinks its amazing, he has never seen a dragonfly close up until he met me….I do believe they were sent to me for healing purposes and now I just love them!!

    • What a great story about an amazing experience! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Now, that’s different! Around here we’d call that ‘special’. I’ve thought the reports of the ‘following’ behavior that these creatures sometimes exhibit may have to do with pheromones, but that’s just my layman’s opinion. But that certainly wouldn’t explain you ability to call your buddy to you. I’m at a loss on that one, but it’s very cool.

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