The dragonflies of Coheed and Cambria fame are genetically modified weapons that use stingers to deliver a poisonous serum, called Ciache. The dragonflies are part of a science fiction story that came to life through the band's music and the subsequent series of graphic novels and comic books.
The concept of using dragonflies as weapons didn't occur to Claudio Sanchez, the band's front man and author of "The Amory Wars," until he saw the cover art for the band’s debut album, "The Second Stage Turbine Blade," which included a detailed drawing of a dragonfly. Since Sanchez was still developing the plot for the music and story, he was able to incorporate the inspiration seamlessly. “The Amory Wars” has been the basis for the majority of Coheed and Cambria's albums from 2002 through 2013.