Julian Robinson

Julian Robinson

Posted on 05/22/2013


Photo taken on January 11, 2013


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Dragonfly - workings

Dragonfly - workings
One of my minor fascinations is the workings of dragonflies - specifically the bit where their wings join the body. They remind me of helicopters and the mechanicals at the base of their rotating wings.

Another is dragonfly wings, truly a fantastic piece of engineering. How they carry the load is beyond me. I believe the 'veins' are actually used for blood circulation but must also be responsible for the strength(?)

This is a Blue Skimmer, seen while waiting for birds at the big dam on Callum Brae, part of Canberra Nature Park.

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fotosolveig
fotosolveig
Fascinating indeed! Great details in this photo, and a beautiful shallow depth of field. You inspired me to read more about insect wings, veins and wing muscles... (wikipedia article) :-)
4 years ago.
Julian Robinson
Julian Robinson
Yes I still don't get how their muscles work, given the tiny leverage they seem to have on such long wings. And the veins are fascinating when you consider they are transport and structure all in one.
4 years ago.