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Dragonflies Are The Flying Aces Of The Insect World
2011-10-04 05:03:37

[ Watch the Video ] Research focuses on aerial feats such as hunting and mating in mid-air Next time you see a dragonfly, try to watch it catch its next meal on the go. Good luck! "Unless we film it in high speed, we can't see whether it caught the prey, but when it gets back to its perch, if we see it chewing, we know that it was successful," says Stacey Combes, a biomechanist at Harvard University. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), she and her team are...

2011-04-04 07:00:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today launched the Marvell® DragonFly(TM) Virtual Storage Accelerator (VSA) powered by HyperScale(TM) embedded processor technology. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100719/SF36559LOGO-b) In what is a first for Marvell, the new DragonFly VSA, which plugs directly into all commercially available servers with a PCIe slot, combines...

2010-10-14 16:01:00

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help reduce the drain on Local, State and Federal budgets, Amity Foundation will build a state of the art residential center for children and mothers. The center will be called Dragonfly Village. Dragonfly Village is based on decades of research and evaluation. The Mission: "Dragonfly Village is dedicated to the inclusion and habilitation of children and families marginalized by homelessness, poverty, addiction, crime, racism, sexism,...

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2009-11-18 05:55:00

CFD visualization used at Wright State University to study the complex flow physics of dragonfly flight Most students caught hanging out in the school parking lot during class might find themselves in a bit of trouble, but for Dr. Haibo Dong's grad students, it's a study requirement.   "They've been out there all morning trying to catch a few dragonflies," he laughs. "We have a high-speed camera in the lab, but don't have any subjects to film. Catching them can be hard because...

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2009-07-15 06:11:50

A biologist in the Maldives is claiming that millions of dragonflies fly thousands of miles across the sea from southern India to Africa. If this hypothesis were confirmed, this would be the first known insect migration across open water. It would also dwarf the notorious Monarch butterfly trip taken annually, as their trip is just half the distance of the dragonflies. Biologist Charles Anderson has written his research over the mass migration in the Journal of Tropical Ecology. Annually,...

2009-01-08 12:59:46

Insects mistake buildings, cars and even roads for water, laying eggs that will never hatch and jeopardizing ecosystems, a U.S. university researcher said. These ecological traps are caused by polarized light reflecting from windows, asphalt roads -- even plastic sheets and oil spills, Michigan State University research associate Bruce Robertson said. To some species, the light creates an appearance that mimics the surface of the water, which the insects use to breed and feed, he and...

2008-10-01 09:00:27

MAPLE PLAIN, Minn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love" gently encourages children and adults to consider life's infinite possibilities. The story takes place in a beautiful garden and depicts a unique friendship between a boy and dragonfly. At the request of the boy, the dragonfly follows clues and discovers an unexpected secret. Part mystery, part surprise, readers will discover the power of boundless love in this heartfelt story of friendship, family,...

2008-08-21 15:00:43

LEWISTON - Dragonfly Records will present a release party for Nick Knowlton's solo album debut from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the grand ballroom of the Ramada Inn. Titled "Letting Go: Songs for Joye," the CD features 16 love songs, a combination of covers and originals. It is a tribute to his late wife, Joye, and the release date is especially meaningful because it is the first anniversary of her death. Songs on the album include a Beatles tune ("Because"), one from the Righteous...

2005-10-05 14:25:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Flowering plants near ponds may owe their pollination not only to the winged creatures of the air, but also to the finned ones of the deep. Scientists have discovered that fish indirectly help spread pollen among flowers near the water. That's because they eat dragonfly larva, which live in freshwater ponds and other water bodies. Adult dragonflies are major predators of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. The result is a simple but unexpected cascade: The...


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Emerald Spreadwing, Lestes dryas
2014-04-04 11:52:50

The emerald spreadwing (Lestes dryas), known as the Turlough spreadwing in Ireland and the scarce emerald damselfly in Britain due to its rarity, is a species of damselfly that can be found in many areas of Asia, Europe, and North America. It prefers to reside near still waters in ditches, lakes, ponds, and bogs. This species is known to tolerate extreme conditions that other damselflies and dragonflies will not live in. The emerald spreadwing is similar to other members of its genus in...

Keeled Skimmer, Orthetrum coerulescens
2013-08-01 13:38:12

The keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Europe. Its range includes Afghanistan, Algeria, Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. It can be found in boggy areas in the northern areas of its range, while it prefers running water sources, like ditches and streams, in other areas of its range. The keeled skimmer holds a thinner body than that of the...

Epaulet Skimmer, Orthetrum chrysostigma
2013-08-01 13:33:09

The epaulet skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda, with possible populations occurring on Burundi and the Canary Islands. It can be found near almost all types of slow moving and still waters in tropical and subtropical moist and arid forests, savannahs, and shrublands. The males of this species are blue in color,...

Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum
2013-08-01 12:32:23

The black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Europe and Asia. Its range includes Albania, Austria, Belgium, China, Cyprus, France, German, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. It can be found near mostly sunny, slow moving and still water sources. The black-tailed skimmer varies in color depending upon the sex. Adult males hold a blue abdomen, while adult females...

Blue Skimmer, Orthetrum caledonicum
2013-08-01 12:26:49

The blue skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Australia. Its range includes Tasmania, New Guinea, and the Sunda and Loyalty Islands. It can be found near many temporary and permanent freshwater sources. It reaches an average body length of two inches, with an average wingspan of three inches. The coloring of this species varies depending upon the sex, with adult males holding a powdery blue thorax and abdomen and adult females holding a brownish grey...

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