Dragonflies are older than dinosaurs and used to have a wingspan of 2.5 feet abcnews.go.com/Technology…
Today I learned about motion camouflage used by Australian emperor dragonflies to gain advantage in a fight. They are capable of approaching in a way that looks like they are not moving, just growing large, in order to avoid triggering a fight or flight response from their target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Researchers at Draper Laboratory have genetically engineered a dragonfly to become a cyborg. It is equipped with a β€œbackpack” of sensors, electronics and a solar panel and can be controlled remotely through its light sensitive β€œsteering neurons” youtu.be/Hrwn5sbNrp0
Dragonflies have 6 legs but cannot walk. ripleys.com/weird-news/dr…
Dragonflies are among nature's most efficient predators, capturing 95% of their intended prey. By comparison, sharks and lions capture only 50% and 25%, respectively, of the prey animals they pursue. dragonflywebsite.com/drag…
Dragonflies are among the earth's most efficient predators with a 95% catch rate of prey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Dragonflies are the most successful hunter on Earth, catching 95% of their prey. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Today I learned Dragonflies were among the first insects to evolve. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Dragonflies spend several years as aquatic nymphs (one to four years), while the winged adult stage last any where from a few days to a few weeks, with six months being the exception for some species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Female dragonflies will fake their own death to avoid unwanted advances from male dragonflies nationalgeographic.com/ne…
By the time you see a dragonfly flying around it is already six years old. youtu.be/wFAR3WggSRk
Female dragonflies fake their deaths to avoid male advances due to constant harassment for sex. Sometimes, even that doesn't work. newsweek.com/female-drago…
Dragonfly-like Meganeuropsis permiana which flew around 300 million years ago was 1.5 feet long with a wingspan of 2.5 feet. The biggest insect that has ever existed. If we cloned one today, it would probably suffocate because it needed the 30% Oxygen atmosphere present then (20% now). eartharchives.org/article…
There's an ongoing project in the US to remotely control live dragonflies while they're flying. The insects are equipped with backpacks containing navigation systems, which tap directly into their nervous system. The whole thing is powered by miniature solar panels in the backpacks. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
Dragonfly wings kill bacteria on contact by ripping apart their cell membranes with sharp nanopillars as they move across the surface of the wing. newatlas.com/dragonfly-na…
The Dragonfly is one of the most skilled predators on the planet being absolutely lethal to other insects, missing only one prey in twenty. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Female Dragonflies will fake their own deaths in order to avoid sexual advances from unwanted males. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
358 millions years ago Earth was in the Carboniferous period, during that age oxygen levels were 15 percent higher than today thanks to the abundance of plant life, which meant scorpions were the size of dogs, a caterpillar was the size of an anaconda and dragonfly's were size of eagles earthlyuniverse.com/10-fa…
300 million years ago insects could get really big. Millipedes and centipedes could get larger than humans, dragonflies as big as eagles, beatles the size of a large dog.The leading theory is that ancient bugs got big because they benefited from a surplus of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere. earthsky.org/earth/why-we…
Dragonflies have one of the highest hunting success rates in the animal kingdom at 97% (compared to a lion's mere 20%). youtube.com/watch?v=Y0vRu…
Dragonflies can eat their own bodyweight in food in about 30 minutes dragonfly-site.com/what-d…
Damselflies have smaller and slimmer bodies compared to dragonflies. When damselflies are at rest, the wings are folded alongside the body, but dragonflies hold the wings flat and away from the body. During mating, damselflies form a heart-shaped ring until the time the female deposits her eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Dragonflies are capable of higher-level thought processes when hunting its prey. The discovery is the first evidence that an invertebrate animal has brain cells for selective attention, which has so far has only been demonstrated in primates. It selects one target and filters out all others phys.org/news/2012-12-dra…
The wings of dragonflies prevent bacterial growth due to their natural structure. The surfaces of their wings are covered in nanopillars making them look like a bed of nails. When bacteria come into contact with these surfaces, their cell membranes get ripped apart immediately. phys.org/news/2018-03-dra…
Female dragonflies fake their own deaths to avoid males harassing them for sex newsweek.com/female-drago…
Some female dragonfly species fake death to avoid sex. They fall from the sky and lie motionless and upside-down on the ground when they are not receptive to mating. They stay that way until the pursuing male leaves, then she quickly flies away. phys.org/news/2017-05-fem…
Female dragonflies fake their death to avoid male advances nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Certain animals and insects fake death for varying reasons. The Moorland Hawker Dragonfly does so to avoid sex. The Virginia opossum and Hognose snake do so to avoid predators; the Hognose may even spew blood. The predatory Cichlid fish does so to lure prey; laying still, then attacking. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Dragonflies are the most successful hunters on the planet, catching up to 95% of the prey they chase. Great White sharks catch 50%, lions catch 25%, and domestic cats catch 32% of their prey. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
There are neurons in the dragonfly brain that 'lock on' to a moving target and predict where it will be in the future. elifesciences.org/article…
Female dragonflies fake death to avoid having sex news.nationalgeographic.c…
Dragonflies have a high power/weight ratio, and have been documented accelerating at 4 G linearly and 9 G in sharp turns while pursuing prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Today I learned of Cyborg Dragonflies that wear tiny backpacks and solar panels and can be controlled by humans spectrum.ieee.org/automat…
Dragonflies are one of the most efficient killers in nature, capturing their prey more than 95% of the time. nytimes.com/2013/04/02/sc…
Today I learned of a street drug called Bromo-DragonFLY, named after the way its molecular geometry resembles ...a dragon fly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Female dragonflies will fake their own death just to avoid mating. newsweek.com/female-drago…
There's a dragonfly species that crosses entire oceans from one continent to another news.rutgers.edu/small-dr…
Dragonflies are the most successful predators in the animal kingdom. They are able to catch up 95% of their prey. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Dragonfly wings actually kill bacteria. There is a variety of mechanisms for this to happen, but one of those is by literally ripping open the bacteria with sharp, nano-sized pillars that coat the wings. acsh.org/news/2017/02/06/…
Dragonflies can get fat and that fat dragonflies are less successful at finding a mate. popsci.com/article/scienc…
A species of Dragonfly has a global population, and migrates almost twice the distance of a Monarch Butterfly entomologytoday.org/2016/…
A dragonfly has been genetically modified to be controlled during flight. In essence, creating a living miniature aerial device. (Section: In Technology) wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon…
Dragonflies live underwater as nymphs for 2.5 years. And are only an adult dragonfly for a few weeks. youtu.be/edW30jsCy6M
Scientists have/are breeding giant Dragonflies in Artificial habitats with increased oxygen levels mimicking that of the Earth millions of years ago. wired.com/wiredscience/20…
Baby dragonflies or Nymphs, can breath under water through gills located in their rectums, and they move by shooting water from their anus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Dragonflies are the most effective predator in the animal world nytimes.com/2013/04/02/sc…
In order to avoid mating, female dragonflies sometimes drop from the air and play dead when they see eager males approaching. atlasobscura.com/articles…
250 million years ago, dragonflies were up to three feet long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Baby dragonflies breath through gills located in thier rectums. They can also propel themselves by shooting water from butt. thoughtco.com/fascinating…
A dragonfly can see all the way around itself, because its eyes have about 30,000 lenses. However, the human eye with only one lense can see more sharply, though only front and sides. dragonflywebsite.com/drag…

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