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The Annotated Budak: Sultans of (s)wing by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Sultans of (s)wing by @budak

Most dragonflies flutter, as large, bulky insects do, with the palpable buzz of an empty threat or make quick dashes that confound those with lazy eyes. They are magicians who vanish in the blink of a lid to reappear in a new cubic inch of airspace or on a perch far out of reach. Dashers, dropwings, parasols and skimmers scour the edges of ponds and slow-flowing streams, defending patches of aquatic turf and dispatching with brutal speed the midges and other midgets who float into hostile territory. A few tribes of perchers, however, shun the label, having turned their wings into sails that catch the wind and sustain flight with greater ease. Viewed from above, the hindwings of the subfamily Trameinae exhibit an unusually broad base and extend much further down the abdomen compared to most other dragonflies, making the insects look a little stubby. One genus, Rhyothemis , ...

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