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.About the Dragonfly
Dragonfly, any of a group of more than 1,500 kinds of insects found throughout the world but especially in tropics. It has long, slender body, four long, narrow wings, enormous eyes, strong jaws, and legs suited for grasping food. It may reach a length of 13cm (5inches) and has wingspread of 15cm (6inches). Wings are always spread even when at rest. Its flying has been timed at 97kph. Dragonfly helps control mosquitoes and flies
Dragonflies are considered as insects that are old and adaptive and very powerful during the time of summer under the special effects of warmth and sunlight. They are perfect flyers, darting like the light and can move in all directions as needed. They are residents of two realms such as it starts with water, and moves to the air with maturity, but stays close to water
.Symbolic Meaning of the Dragonfly
The symbolic meanings of dragonflies are somewhat associated with both Asian (Japanese) and Native American (Plains region) beliefs. They say that as a figure of the wind, a dragonfly symbolizes change and with its wings that are sensitive to slight breezes, it remind us that we too should pay attention to where the wind blows us in life
In Japan the dragonfly is a symbol of martial success, since the various names for the insect are homophones for words meaning 'victory'. It is also represents late summer and early autumn  
In general, in Japan dragonflies represent courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art, literature, and gifts
. The love for dragonflies is reflected in the fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan 
. Japanese children grab dragonflies as a game, using a hair with a small pebble tied to each end, which they throw into the air.
As a symbol of courage, Japanese boys are given the name of "Tombo" which means dragonfly. Even the shape of the archipelago of Japan on a map is also said to be that of a dragonfly
Dragonflies are usually represented in Japanese gifts and paintings, symbolizes new light and joy. They are the souls of the dead to some Native Americans and they used to be really real dragons in some fairy stories
In China, people relate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony and as a good luck charm but for the Native Americans it is a symbol of happiness, speed and purity.
The dragonfly has different meanings or symbols in every single continent it is found in, and with each nation or culture has developed a unique representation to it, its behavior and its lifestyle.
So no matter what emblem you see in the dragonfly, the fact is that the dragonfly lives a short life and lives it's life to the fullest which is the strongest lesson we can learn from them overall
1. Wikipedia Dragonfly
2. The New Book of Knowledge by Grolier Inc.