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devil's darning needle: see dragonflydragonfly,
any insect of the order Odonata, which also includes the damselfly. Members of this order are generally large predatory insects and characteristically have chewing mouthparts and four membranous, net-veined wings; they undergo complete metamorphosis.
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Jill's other books are Plants and Ferns Around Huddersfield which was published by Kirklees Council and Spinning Jenny and Devil's Darning Needle
which was a book about a dragon flies in culture.
The "Devil's darning needle
" nickname stems from an old story that they could sew up the eyes of people who slept near marshes or ponds.
They're sometimes called "devil's darning needles
" or "snake doctors," but only people of no 'count call them "dragon flies."