• Nearly all of the dragonfly’s head is eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle except right behind them.
• Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying.
• Dragonflies catch their insect prey by grabbing it with their feet. They’re so efficient in their hunting that, in one Harvard University study, the dragonflies caught 90 to 95 percent of the prey released into their enclosure.
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Facts by: Sarah Zielinski for The Smithsonian
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