Evolution's Dragonfly

The dragonfly can beat its four wings in unison or separately depending on the maneuver it wants to make. Dragonflies can fly at speeds up to 25 miles an hour and even faster. They can hover, take off backward and even make an unbanked turn. The dragonfly eats small insects, including mosquitoes, earning it the nick name "mosquito hawk." A dragonfly can see a gnat from three feet away, fly to it, capture it and return to its original position in a just over one second! One third to one half of its body mass is made up of flight muscles. Its two eyes have a total of 60,000 lenses and are situated so that its range of vision is nearly 360ï‚°. Dragonflies not only appear in the fossil record fully formed, but in much greater variety than today. One fossilized dragonfly was the size of a crow! Even the United States Air Force has studied the dragonfly to learn how it flies. Totally Buggin! - http://www.totallybuggin.com">http://www.totallybuggin.com Dragonfly Life Cycle video by Totally Buggin! - http://www.totallybuggin.com Permission by Linda Bussell

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