Dragonflies Aim Ahead to Catch Prey

December 10, 2014 6:24 PM

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Do you remember your first game of catch? It may be easy now, but guessing where the ball was headed and getting your hand in its path was something you had to learn. It turns out that this isn't so for dragonflies, who appear to be born with the ability to predict the flight path of their prey.

That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal Nature, which details how dragonflies anticipate the movement of their prey by steering their body into the projected flight path, even as their head and eyes still track the quarry in real-time.

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