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Natural History and Folk-Lore


IN reference to Dr. R. J. Tillyard's letter in NATURE of June 1 and succeeding letters in the issues of June 15 and July 13, concerning the dragonfly's being called the ‘ether's mon’ or ‘adder's servant’, I may add that in the coal-field districts of South Wales, when I was a boy, we used to call the dragonfly the ‘gwas-y-neidr’, or ‘servant of the snake’, and the tradition was that where the dragonfly was seen above the grass, the snake would be found below.


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ROWLAND, L. Natural History and Folk-Lore. Nature 124, 229 (1929).

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