Home

Smart Mrs Dragonfly

22 Comments

In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away.

 

aeshna-juncea

A study by Rassim Khelifa, a zoologist from the University of Zurich is the first time scientists have seen odonates feign death as a tactic to avoid mating, and a rare instance of animals faking their own deaths for this purpose. Odonates is the order of carnivorous insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies.

But you can read the article here – http://www.newsweek.com/female-dragon-flies-fake-death-avoid-sex-evolution-591494

Reminds me of :-

Thought from the Greatest Living Scottish Thinker–Billy Connolly.  “If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, How come they can’t have a headache and sex at the same time?”
Advertisements

You can now be the fly on the wall!

24 Comments

Think about what advantages this could present to you if you simply have to know!

Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.

 

The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab recently showed off drones that swarm, a network of 20 nano quadrotors flying in synchronized formations.

 

Scientists have taken their inspiration from animals which have evolved over millennia to the perfect conditions for flight.

Read more here

If you have been abducted by an alien..

16 Comments

what did he look like?

Methinks something like this

 

 

Perched on the edge of a leaf, this damselfly takes a moment to gather his thoughts.

The fly becomes beautifully animated in this humorous pose as he scratches his head and the concentration can be seen in its large round eyes.

Captured by Russian photographer, Leonid Lomako, 40, the light blue coloured damselfly is clearly perplexed, and its movements are excellently caught.

 

And now for something completely different

14 Comments

Can your praying mantis ride a bike?

Macro photographer Eco Suparman, 23, captured this incredible shot of a praying mantis.