Dragonfly wings with shock absorbers

Dragonflies are well known for their impressive flying skills. They manage manoeuvres that other insects are not capable of. The wings of these insects can be moved separately and deformed, enabling quick changes of flight direction. A team led by Hamed Rajabi and Professor Stanislav Gorb, from the Zoological Institute at Kiel University (CAU) has now taken a closer look at the characteristics of the individual wing components. These studies on the Asian species, Brachythemis contaminata, have recently been published in the scientific journal Acta Biomaterialia. The researchers investigated a “shock absorber” on the leading edge of the wings using four different imaging techniques. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)