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Jul 20, 2021 09:50:05   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Ever wonder how a dragonfly flies? Well, if you have this is how. A dragonfly flies by flapping its four large, thin and transparent wings. If you've ever felt them they feel like they are made from clear sandpaper.

Dragonflies are able to move each of their four wings independently. They can flap each wing up and down, and rotate their wings forward and back on an axis faster than any jet plane fighter pilot could even think to move the joystick. They can move straight up or down, fly backward, stop and hover, and make hairpin turns at full speed or in slow motion. And fast...? Oh, yeah! They can move forward at speeds of nearly thirty miles an hour. If you've ever watched them they can be gone in a flash. Their speed and agility gives them superiority in the air over their prey which they can catch in mid-flight.

So, how do they do this? Well, this is a magnified view of those individual muscles that work in unison or independently to beat or twitch the wing along with others attached to it and it happens faster than we can blink an eye. Pretty cool, isn't it?


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Jul 20, 2021 09:55:07   #
Fotoartist Loc: Detroit, Michigan
 
Very cool. And the muscle area you are showing, is it of a Green Darner?

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Jul 20, 2021 10:20:55   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Fotoartist wrote:
Very cool. And the muscle area you are showing, is it of a Green Darner?


Thanks for dropping by and for the reply. It's an 'Eastern Pondhawk' that we found expired and dried out in our sunroom and when it comes to specimens, I believe in 'never let a crisis go to waste'.

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Jul 20, 2021 10:21:00   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Excellent narrative with an awesome image, sippy.

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Jul 20, 2021 10:27:53   #
Toment Loc: FL, IL
 
Yes, it is. Fascinating
Thanks

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Jul 20, 2021 10:40:47   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
Fascinating - some seem to be always in the air while others go from one twig or leaf to another.

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Jul 20, 2021 10:51:59   #
MSW
 
go dragon flies! get those mosquitoes ... kill them all - God will know his own!

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Jul 20, 2021 11:00:34   #
fergmark Loc: norwalk connecticut
 
Good post sippy!

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Jul 20, 2021 11:38:50   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
kpmac wrote:
Excellent narrative with an awesome image, sippy.


Thanks, Kpmac. They've been around for some 300-million years so they've had a lot of time to do what they do. And here I thought that some of my socks and underwear were old..!

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Jul 20, 2021 11:39:15   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Toment wrote:
Yes, it is. Fascinating
Thanks


Thanks for stopping by.

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Jul 20, 2021 11:40:28   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
ecobin wrote:
Fascinating - some seem to be always in the air while others go from one twig or leaf to another.


Thanks, Elliott. I enjoy watching them and the way that they can turn their heads always brings a chuckle.

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Jul 20, 2021 11:41:06   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
MSW wrote:
go dragon flies! get those mosquitoes ... kill them all - God will know his own!


Thanks, and I'm with you all the way on this.

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Jul 20, 2021 11:41:39   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
fergmark wrote:
Good post sippy!


Thanks, I appreciate your viewing.

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Jul 20, 2021 14:23:23   #
l-fox Loc: West Virginia
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
Ever wonder how a dragonfly flies? Well, if you have this is how. A dragonfly flies by flapping its four large, thin and transparent wings. If you've ever felt them they feel like they are made from clear sandpaper.

Dragonflies are able to move each of their four wings independently. They can flap each wing up and down, and rotate their wings forward and back on an axis faster than any jet plane fighter pilot could even think to move the joystick. They can move straight up or down, fly backward, stop and hover, and make hairpin turns at full speed or in slow motion. And fast...? Oh, yeah! They can move forward at speeds of nearly thirty miles an hour. If you've ever watched them they can be gone in a flash. Their speed and agility gives them superiority in the air over their prey which they can catch in mid-flight.

So, how do they do this? Well, this is a magnified view of those individual muscles that work in unison or independently to beat or twitch the wing along with others attached to it and it happens faster than we can blink an eye. Pretty cool, isn't it?
Ever wonder how a dragonfly flies? Well, if you ha... (show quote)


Proof of Ancient Aliens....

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Jul 20, 2021 15:27:07   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Hard to say whether I enjoyed the photo or the narration the most, Gary!

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