1. throwaway, butcher of tongues, mauler of metaphor says

    I wish you all the success in attempting dragonfly style… It seems you’ve got the green light. Maybe you should give it second thought though, according to this information. An excerpt:

    Grab, shake, bite, puncture, punch—that’s just the courtship ritual of these dazzling aerobats.

    Maybe the mantis style wasn’t such a bad idea after all.. at least it’s quick and painless. Mostly.

  2. blf says

    After climbing up my back, laying down on my head, and staring upside-down at the picture whilst drinking a small (only a few litres) Margarita, the mildly deranged penguin has identified that a Yellow-toed Lessor Tunneling Cheese (easily identified by its eye-stalks (the tentacles are just a hint)), closely related to the more well known blued cheeses. She(the penguin, not the cheese) then fell down to the floor and is now snoring heavily. Surprisingly, there still seems to be about a thimbleful of liquid in the Margarita bucket.

  3. Nightjar says

    John Harshman,

    Yeah, this most certainly isn’t a dragonfly. Looks like a damselfly to me too.

  4. davidnangle says

    Excluded Layman, that was my thought, too. Surely, there’s a lot of refraction going on affecting a large number of the eye facets. It would just give us a kaleidoscope effect…

    But if the fly’s brain is already wired up to use compound eyes efficiently, this might amount to just more information about the surroundings.