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Female dragonflies fake death to avoid lusting males

Sexual death feigning, as it's called, is incredibly rare but not unsighted in the animal kingdom

Rassim Khelifa was standing by a pond in the Swiss Alps collecting insect eggs one day, when he noticed something strange. A dragonfly being hotly pursued by another suddenly took a dive and crashed to the ground, seemingly dead on the spot, before springing back to life and making a grand escape once the coast was clear. The observations that followed confirmed a previously unknown phenomenon – the insect had faked its death to give a wannabe lover the slip.

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Category: Biology

Tags:
  • Insect
  • Reproduction
  • University of Zurich
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