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A close-up look: Why dragonflies are the coolest

Find out why these big-eyed beauties are natural wonders.

September 27, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
dragonfliesdragonfliesPhoto: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
September 27, 2016 | Latest Photo

Photographer Jack Guez captured this buggy-eyed wonder a few days ago in the Israeli Mediterranean city of Netanya. This female dragonfly transfixed us so much that we had to find more about her.

dragonfliesDragonflies have incredibly impressive eyes that can see everywhere except right behind their heads. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

As it turns out, dragonflies are crazy interesting. Some scientists think there were enormous dragonflies during dinosaur times, back when oxygen levels on Earth were higher and being big was much easier.

dragonfliesDragonflies can hover like helicopters. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

When it comes to catching prey, these bugs are just as impressive as their former dinosaur neighbors. Harvard professors once released prey into an enclosure with dragonflies, and the insects caught 90 to 95 percent of the prey.

dragonfliesThey can eat hundreds of mosquitoes every day. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

They catch prey in the air and only in the air with their feet – dragonflies who can't fly starve. When they're babies, dragonflies eat basically everything, including fish, larvae, mosquitoes, tadpoles ... and each other (dun dun DUN).

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