Predators around the world hunt for food, territory or even survival. Each day they search for food and prepare for the hunt and hopefully their next meal. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they go hungry for the day. Regardless, each and every one of them has an estimated success rate per attempted hunt. Now you may think that a lion, alligator or even a shark has the highest hunting rate! However, it’s something much, much smaller. Anisoptera is the scientific name for this primary predator, but you probably will recognize them as the Dragonfly!
You Mean the Little Dragonfly with Colors and a Lot of Eyes!?
That is correct, the Dragonfly that we have all see throughout our lives is not only good at catching eyes; Catching prey as well! It is said that these little predators have a successful kill ratio of over 90%! Those numbers are massive! That means that one lucky bug out of every ten that the Dragonfly sets its many eyes on, will escape. Kind of almost terrifying if you think of it. Those little buggers that land on you every now and then are blood thirsty! Who would have guessed?
But, how does a Dragonfly Succeed Every Time?
Master of all hunts, the Dragonfly possesses the speed and precision tracking to track, spin and catch their prey in one pursuit. These phenomenal insects wait as if perched like an eagle. Once they find they target, they dash off to them while rotating their body. Rotation occurs because the Dragonfly catches their prey with their legs! So, after noticing a “meal,” the not only catch up to it, but spin while flying and use their legs as a net for them to fall into. This is some high-level hunting going on.
Maybe it is their higher number of eyes that allows them to visually see their prey better. It could be the neurons in their body that allows for “quick thinking” almost on a reflex manner. Possibly their wings that allows them to fly at a speed almost unreal. Regardless, these tiny colorful Dragonflies that seem peaceful, are actually the most successful predator known to man!