Female Dragonflies Fake Their Deaths To Avoid Annoying Males

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Picture the scene. This guy at the bar has been giving you “the eyes” all night. You aren’t even slightly interested and you make this pretty clear but the guy won’t stop pestering you. I mean he is one step short of dry humping your leg. What do you do? Don’t worry the female dragon fly has got you covered!

They deal with guys that are a bit over amorous in a unique and dramatic way. They plummet to the ground, spasm and act like the fall did damage and then lay there pretending to be dead. Genius eh?

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According to an entomologist from the University of Zurich, Rassim Khelifa, this is quite a common behaviour. Especially in areas that are highly populated. Although he points out it is only used when the pressure from mates is extreme.

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