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Do dragonflies see in slow motion?

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Where human eyes can see at about 60 frames per second, the multifaceted eyes of the dragonfly gather even more information as they pass through time. Via Wikipedia:

Dragonfly vision is thought to be like slow motion for humans. Dragonflies see faster than we do; they see around 200 images per second. Dragonfly can see in all 360 degrees around it and nearly 80 percent of the insect’s brain is dedicated to its sight.

Watch how a dragonfly responds when biologist Patrick Aryee, host of the BBC’s Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals, shoots a small, speedy pea across its path.

Then see how quickly the dragonfly responds when a very hard-to-see midge flies by. It takes high speed cameras to capture the moment.

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Patrick Aryee
Related reading from the world of biomimicry: Why engineers are studying dragonflies to build the next generation of drones.

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