High-speed photo of a dragonfly in flight

High-speed photo of a dragonfly in flight

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dragonfly. High-speed photograph of an unidentified dragonfly (order: Odonata) in flight. The large compound eyes and the mobility of its head provide this insect with a wide field of vision. As predators, adult dragonflies are excellent flyers and feed and reproduce on the wing. They are sometimes known as "skimmers" for their behaviour of skimming repeatedly across the water. In dragonflies, both pairs of wings beat in time and are held outstretched at rest, unlike the related damselflies.

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Keywords: animal, dragonfly, high-speed photo, in flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, skimmer, wildlife, zoology

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