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When you shouldn’t shave your legs

November 26, 2019

Insects catch prey by a variety of methods. Some like antlion larvae create traps by constructing funnels in the sand into which ants slide. Others like Scorpion Flies are ambush predators, hanging quietly from a piece of vegetation until an unsuspecting insect ventures too close. For some insects the capture of prey is a far more energetic activity.
 
Insects of the order Odonata i.e. dragonflies and damselflies (pictured below), and flies such as Robber Flies (pictured far below) catch prey on the wing. When prey flies through their territory they give chase and grasp the prey inflight with their legs. This requires excellent vision (these insects, see pictured, have enormous compound eyes), narrow wings for speedy flight, great flying dexterity and hairy legs!

 

Dragonflies, for example, can fly at speeds in excess of 50 kph. To stop prey slipping out of their grasp when hit at high speed, insects which aerially hunt have a collection of stiff hairs on their legs and claws as feet so that prey will not slip.

I guess the motto is No waxing or no food.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    November 26, 2019 11:15 am

    Your photography is amazing Ron! amazing critters aren’t they?

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