Recent progress on the flight of dragonflies and damselflies

Nakata, T and Henningsson, P and Lin, H-T and Bomphrey, R J (2020) Recent progress on the flight of dragonflies and damselflies. International Journal of Odonatology, 23 (1). pp. 41-49. ISSN 1388-7890

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Abstract

Remarkable flight performance is key to the survival of adult Odonata. They integrate varied three-dimensional architectures and kinematics of the wings, unsteady aerodynamics, and sensory feedback control in order to achieve agile flight. Therefore, a diverse range of approaches are necessary to understand their flight strategy comprehensively. Recently, new data have been presented in several key areas in Odonata such as measurement of surface topographies, computational fluid dynamic analyses, quantitative flow visualisation using particle image velocimetry, and optical tracking of free flight trajectories in laboratory environments. In this paper, we briefly review those findings alongside more recent studies that have advanced our understanding of the flight mechanics of Odonata still further.