Monday, November 19, 2012

High Speed Video of Flying Dragonflies

I recently became reacquainted with this interesting National Science Foundation video on YouTube, and I thought it was worth sharing. Titled Science Nation - Dragonflies: The Flying Aces of the Insect World, it features a species of the eastern United States, Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea), in high speed video clips as it flies and catches prey. At least three other species, and I think a fourth, make cameo appearances in the video as well. Can you spot them all?

If you haven’t seen it already, it’s worth a look. If you have seen it before, it’s worth another look (the video is only two and a half minutes). There is something very calming—almost mesmerizing—about flying dragonflies captured on high speed video.

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