According to a new study, dragonflies are long-distance fliers. And they travel in the same way as the migrating birds! Researchers made this amazing discovery by following radio-tagged dragonflies from plane.
One dragonfly can travel 100 miles (160 kilometers) in a day! They are found to follow the same flyways as the migrating birds do. The migratory insects appear to build up fat reserves. They also wait for favorable winds and take rest breaks. And when they lose their way, the flies too reorient themselves, the study reveals. This study is led by Martin Wikelski, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Wikelski said, We don’t know if they go all the way to Florida or continue to Venezuela… We are unbelievably ignorant about [their] migratory phenomenon.