Kip’s Comments 4-26-21

Common Green Darner Dragonflies - Image 687714 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mutual Cooperation

Have you ever sat quietly and watched as mating dragonflies buzz around in perfect form over a shallow pond? Somehow the two navigate in, around, and over obstacles and threats. They make the process appear so easy.     

As I watched many pairs of mating dragonflies today, a few questions popped into my head.   

  • How do the two dragonflies communicate where they are going?
  • Which of the two dragonflies is dominate in the mating/flight process?
  • How are flight/reproductive mates even selected?   

Those thoughts then led to one more question. What if humans were forced to work together in what appears to be perfect unison to achieve a common goal, like dragonflies?

Imagine a couple on a tandem bicycle or tandem canoe. One of the two must take the lead and the other must simply follow. Is that what it is like for dragonflies? Does the follower dragonfly appreciate the follower role? I know as humans, it would be a challenge. Could you and a partner exhibit mutual cooperation to the level dragonflies do? How do the dragonflies do it?   

This was one pair that took a break from the flitting around. When they paused, I documented them.

Common Green Darner Dragonflies - Image 687714 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Green Darner Dragonflies – Image 687714 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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