Insects can do “complex” behaviour

Who’d have thought it?cover_nature

See Mischiati and colleagues in Nature for a study of hunting behaviour in the dragonfly Plathemis lydia using high-speed photography. A fun study and great to see it on the front of Nature, but perhaps not that suprising that these superb aerial hunters use “advanced” or “complex” information integration and path prediction (especially if you have ever tried to catch them!).

Mischiati et al (2015) Internal models direct dragonfly interception steering. Nature 517: 333-338.

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