Dragonflies and damselflies long ago became the most meticulous, curious, and effective flying machines an aeronautical engineer could ever imagine. Why are they so agile in the air? Most bugs have four wings, which operate “in phase” with each other, as aeronautical engineers say. Dragonflies have four wings, which operate “out of phase” with each other if the dragonfly so chooses. Out of phase wings create an incredible flying machine that turns on a dime, climbs or dives like lightning, yaws or rolls with almost unbelievable dexterity. Dragonflies put the clumsy bumblebee to shame. Dragonflies live most of their lives in water and survive best in water that is clean and full of oxygen. There’s a reason they’ve lived for so long without changing much…they didn’t have to change much because they’re good at what they do.
Pic taken at a river near Lydenburg, South Africa.
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