Liam J. Foy
liamfoy at sepulcrum.org
Fri Apr 1 02:19:19 PST 2005
On Fri(01)/Apr/05 - , Bill Hacker wrote:
> Zera William Holladay wrote:
> >Sorry, I know you've all seen a lot of DF art but here's another one:
> In the interest of anatomical accuracy.....
> a 'proper' Dragonfly..
> - has two sets of wings, up to nearly a meter in span at one time in the
> fossil record.
> - has *much* larger phased-array compound eyes (12,000+receptors each),
> as it is a 'sight hunter'
> - has no 'stinger'. The gadgetry at the aft-end is, among other
> things, for clinging to its mate, and/or dipping sperm out of a pocket
> on its main body and conveying it to a similar location on said mate,
> (who does what, with which, and to whom, up to the proclivities of the
> players......as ever was..), and an excercise, BTW, that they can
> accomplish while in flight. Eat 'yer heart out, KC-135 refueling crews ;-)
> - has a folded-under, split, extensible lower jaw with gripping prongs
> that resembles a cross betwwen an Ingersoll-Rand 1BU continuous mining
> machine and a 6000-Anthony rough-terrain forklift. With this it catches
> its prey (in midair), draws the meal back to the rest of the mouth, and
> eats it from the top downward.
> A serious 'Mean Mary Jean' - death on other insects. One thing a
> Dragonfly *cannot* do is 'kick ass'. Legs are too weak - suited to
> landing or clinging to plant stalks only.
I vote Bill Hacker as the resident DragonFly comedian =)
- Liam J. Foy
<liamfoy at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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