The research by Mischiati et al. 1. shows that these internal calculations performed by hunting dragonflies are just as complex as the internal calculations made by a ballet dancer preparing to catch his partner dancing towards him. This type of complex control had been demonstrated in vertebrates, but the dragonfly is the first example of such predictions in invertebrates.
Featured image: Red-veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) © Lappies Labuschagne
Image 1: Orthetrum cancellatum, female with prey © fabiosa_93
Image 2: Dragonfly Devouring an Insect © rck