December 20, 2012

Dragonfly on the Hunt

This is a video in the field showing a dragonfly on the hunt for prey — shown at normal speed and then in slow motion. The dragonfly hovers while it searches for prey, moving its head and then repositioning its body, ready to pursue a target. When a target is identified (in this case a small fly), the dragonfly locks on and ignores all other potential targets. It swoops up and catches its prey.

Credit: Associate Professor David O’Carroll, University of Adelaide.

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