Because of its many qualities, the dragonfly can symbolize hope, transformation, the afterlife, immortality, good luck and power. As a totem animal, dragonflies also can represent wisdom, adaptability and going beyond the illusions of self to find one's personal authenticity.
Seeing a dragonfly after the passing of a loved one is believed to mean hope, and it may be a source of comfort for the person that has the experience. Because the dragonfly is associated with water, it also can represent a person's feelings, conscious mind or emotions, and it is a call to explore a person's emotional life.
The dragonfly is an insect that belongs to the order Odonata, and its habitat is near water or near the wetlands. There are about 5,000 species of this carnivorous insect.