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


Doing the locomotion

In all insects, the legs and wings emerge from the thorax. But the dragonfly’s locomotive hub is skewed to crowd the legs closer to the head (for easier capture of airborne prey) and push the wing bases back (for better balance when flying). The thorax is almost entirely composed of muscle, powering the dragonfly’s prodigious aero-feats.


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