16 reasons why dragonflies are nature’s most incredible killing machines


If jaws had wings

The dragonfly’s scientific order, Odonata, means “toothed one,” an apt, if understated, reference to the razor-sharp mandibles that shred its victims. Most dragonflies catch and eat while flying (handy when you’re a busy serial killer), while some perch and ambush. Mosquitoes, midges, blackflies, and horseflies (even other dragonflies) are all on the menu of the toothy terror, which snags its targets with up to 97 per cent accuracy. On a good day, it will rid the world of 50 to hundreds of small insects.


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