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

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The fabulously flexible four

The dragonfly’s two sets of wings can do what most conventional fliers’ can’t: each wing, controlled by its own flight muscles, moves independently, when the dragonfly so chooses, allowing amazing manoeuvrability. When turning, the wings move out of phase with each other; when flying forward, the front wings flap up and the back wings down; when picking up speed, they beat in unison; when gliding, they “lock” into horizontal position. No wonder this flying ace is the envy of the aerospace industry.

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