How do they fly?

A complex network of veins strengthens the large wings. The fore wings of dragonflies are narrower then the hind wings. Odonates use their wings in a unique manner compared to other insects with four wings. While other insects with four wings beat their wings synchronously, odonates can beat their fore and hind wing pairs separately. This allows for three different modes of flight for which the pair beat

1.Synchronously, as those of other insects
2.Alternately between the two sets
3.Synchronously, but out of phase with each other

These variations are what allow the odonates to achieve their unique aerial aerobatics. Theses aerobatics include hovering, backward flight, and turns of such tight radius that they appear to be midair pivots. Their aerodynamics have been studied in hopes of applying these flight principals to aircrafts.

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