Insect behaviour: Motion camouflage in dragonflies

  title={Insect behaviour: Motion camouflage in dragonflies},
  author={Akiko Mizutani and J. Chahl and M. Srinivasan},
  • Akiko Mizutani, J. Chahl, M. Srinivasan
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Most animals can skilfully conceal themselves when stationary, but they may become apparent as soon as they move. Here we use stereo cameras to reconstruct the movements in three dimensions of dragonflies (Hemianax papuensis), and show that these insects actively use motion camouflage to disguise themselves as stationary during territorial aerial manoeuvres. Deployment of this sophisticated technique by the oldest airborne predator tricks the victim's retina into perceiving the stalker as… CONTINUE READING
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