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Detailed Close-Up Of A Dragonfly`s Wings [Pic]

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Detailed Close-Up Of A Dragonfly`s Wings [Pic]. Why you so bad-ass, nature?
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patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5694 Posts
Monday, December 10, 2012 7:17:44 AM
Fun dragonfly fact: They cannot walk, despite having legs! The legs are only used for landing.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Sunday, December 9, 2012 11:14:48 AM
Try this for an idea of just how complex taxonomy is ~ and by extension the evolutionary process..

dragonfly tree

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Sunday, December 9, 2012 10:37:03 AM
Looks like migrant hawker, aeshnea affinis to me.

380 million years ago, wingless insects, apterogytes evolved. 80 million years later insects evolved wings and a more complex two stage development, the basic plan for that wing first appears in fossils from the lower cretaceous ~ about 140 million years ago.

Fossil aeshnea have been around since at least 5-8 Million years ago (Aeshna andancensi @ Saint-Bauzile, Privas).

A long, long, time after that the species shown and the very similar species aeshna affinis split from a common ancestor.

So god went to all that bother.. for what?

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4427 Posts
Saturday, December 8, 2012 3:24:12 PM
Is this an IAB repost?. Dragonflies have been around for millions of years.

Canoas
Male, 18-29, Europe
 429 Posts
Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:49:10 AM
"God is amazing :)"
He also created the flesh-eating virus.

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