*Wild Life Focus*
The Dragonfly & Speed- There are few species in the animal kingdom that can match the dragonfly for spectacular flying ability. Dragonflies have two sets of wings with muscles in the thorax that can work each wing independently. This allows them to change the angle of each wing and practice superior agility in the air.
Dragonflies can fly in any direction, including sideways and backward, and can hover in a single spot for a minute or more. This amazing ability is one factor in their success as aerial ambush predators — they can move in on unsuspecting prey from any direction.
Not only are they agile, but they're fast, with some species reaching a top speed of 18 miles per hour. They're also up for feats of endurance. One species called the globe skimmer, Pantala flavescens, flies across an ocean during migration, logging 11,000 miles and snagging the title of world's longest insect migration.
Between the speed, distance and flexibility when hunting, dragonflies are one of the most exceptional fliers on the planet.