Dragonflies on the hunt display complex choreography

Dragonflies on the hunt display complex choreography

The dragonfly is a swift and efficient hunter. Once it spots its prey, it takes about half a second to swoop beneath an unsuspecting insect and snatch it from the air. Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus have used motion-capture techniques to track the details of that chase, and found that a dragonfly’s movement is guided by internal models of its own body and the anticipated movement of its prey. Similar internal models are used to guide behavior in humans.

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