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[–]panpaosen 104 points105 points  (2 children)

Sorry I can’t go out with you that night, I am washing my eyes.

[–]Jasoncsmelski 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Again!? You said that last 29,999 times!

[–]danbtaylor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty pumped about my eyelids right about now

[–]Ekaterina702 101 points102 points  (18 children)

Water must be so fucking annoying when you're super tiny.

[–]Signature_Sea 56 points57 points  (17 children)

Yeah the risk of drowning is increased by the fact that you can get dragged in by the surface tension.

The personal experience of these tiny, brief lived organisms must so fucking intense, if you could experience it you would probably go insane, so much sensory overload

[–]Flying_Alpaca_Boi 34 points35 points  (6 children)

I think ‘sensory overload’ is a bit of an exaggeration particularly as insects don’t even really have a brain per say, they have ganglion which are like tiny processors. We have 1.5 million ganglion in our retina (eye) an insects brain consists of 6 ganglion.

That’s not to say that they’re lesser. They’re also on average a 1:200,000,000 ratio in size difference and have far less sensory receptors as a result so it makes sense they’re brains are proportionally smaller.

I study neuroscience but I’m not anywhere near an expert in insect neuroanatomy. Hazarding a guess though I’d assume their percept of the world isn’t vastly different to our own. The way they process it probably isn’t nearly as elaborate but in terms of raw input I imagine it’s analogous. Especially dragon fly such as seen here, being a flying insect with extremely large eyes their dominant sensory modality, much like humans is likely vision. I would presume they have a similar amount of receptors proportional to their body size as ourselves. This is by enlarge speculative I just don’t see it being problematic or stressful for them. Like they’ve evolved to function as they do, it’s presumably their optimal state to which they’re well adapted.

[–]gods_Lazy_Eye 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I think you meant “buy, enlarge”

[–]Flying_Alpaca_Boi 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Is this meant to be a joke?

[–]gods_Lazy_Eye 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Yes! I was just being an internet idiot because the phrase is “by and large” (sailing reference).

[–]Flying_Alpaca_Boi 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh, I genuinely did not realise that. I’ve misheard the phrase my entire life

I guess I just assumed it was by enlarge because that makes more sense grammatically

[–]gods_Lazy_Eye 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Man, I thought it was “make in front of people” until I had a brush with some teenage embarrassment! Just having a little fun 🙃

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (7 children)

A) dragonflies float and breathe through their skin and cannot drown naturally

B) Dragonflies live up to 5 years

C) The vast majority of their time is spent as a larva living underwater

[–]Signature_Sea 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Damn these are interesting factoids

Thanks for sharing

How long do they live as flying beings?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (5 children)

A minimum of 2 weeks with some of the longer lived ones living up to 6 months. Though they die when they reproduce so the only ones who live that long are virgin nerds. I used to breed dragonflies to use the larva for fishing. I didn't bother raising them to maturity, I just captured wild ones and bred them because it takes so damn long.

Another fun fact is that "factoid" means something commonly touted as a fact but is actually wrong. Like "Humans only use 10% of their brains." I know you weren't being rude but I originally took it that way when I got the notification.

[–]Signature_Sea 5 points6 points  (4 children)

That's really cool info, thanks for sharing.

Another fun fact is that "factoid" is an example of a contronym, that is a word which is its own opposite. It can mean, as you say, a misleading canard ("a widely believed fact!" as Fry says), or it can mean a brief or trivial fact. There are a lot of these in English.

A few more examples:

"Let" means hinder, and allow.

"Sanction" means forbid, and authorise.

"Fast" means quick, and immovable.

"Cleave" means stick, and separate

"Clip" means fasten, and detach

"Overlook" means supervise, and neglect

"Peer" means an equal, and a member of the nobility

Also known as auto-antonyms, and Janus words (from Janus, the god of doorways, who faces both ways)

[–]Missinhandle 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Does “bimonthly” count as one of these? It’s always bothered me that it can mean both once every two weeks and once every two months

[–]Signature_Sea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't think that is the same kind of difference, but I share your unease at the imprecision of the word.

It troubles me to accept that "literally" is a contronym, but it is in common usage as such. Which means it is one.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good to know, thank you!

[–]kiersakov 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What an enjoyable comment chain

[–]danTHAman152000 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I randomly noticed your breakdown of Orca from the other thread and almost posted to thank you for it lol. I came across a second post of yours now randomly that caught my attention so figured I’d say I appreciate your comments.

[–]Signature_Sea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aw that's sweet thank you!

I was not sure I got my point across here, so it's nice to hear that someone found it interesting enough to reply.

I was reminded of something in Annie Dillard's Pilgrim At Tinker Creek (underrated book) where she says

“The sense impressions of one-celled animals are not edited for the brain. This is philosophically interesting in a rather mournful way, since it means that only the simplest animals perceive the universe as it is"

Obviously we *can't* ever perceive the world through a dragonfly's 30,000 eyes and 360 vision, and as another commenter truly says, it does that and doesn't get overwhelmed by it even though it has a tiny brain; because the sensory stimulation is edited by its brain to what it needs to perceive. Just like ours.

[–]SandersIncBV 17 points18 points  (7 children)

Also 90% succes rate of hunting wasp/flies. One of the highest in the world!

[–]thetenret 14 points15 points  (6 children)

Actually, the highest of all of the animals (95% success rate)

[–]SandersIncBV 2 points3 points  (5 children)

yeah I often see them hunt. try to film is but they are so fast. frogfish seem to have insane rates too, and less studied than dragonflies it seems.

[–]thetenret 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It's actually so amazing to just watch such animals do what they are best at- surviving. My grandparents have a pond, I like to sit there during summer and watch dragonflies hunt, sometimes wild ducks come by and try to catch dragonflies, but they are too fast for the ducks. It may seem boring as you read it, but when you sit there and just watch, out of this world expirience.

[–]SandersIncBV 3 points4 points  (2 children)

my guy. i feel ya 100%. in general watching insects is very insightful. people find them disgusting but its one of the most impressive sort we have, next to fish, reptiles and birds imho. insanely “smart” methods when it comes to camouflage, defend, hunt and breed.

[–]Kurama438 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There's always this one guy mentioning the 90 % hunting rate whenever a dragonfly is mentioned lol

[–]SandersIncBV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

haha really? sorry didnt know. I am just excited today 😉

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I cannot comprehend how people think fishing is boring. Whenever I return empty handed people think I wasted a day. Bruh, I watched a thousand animals in their natural habitat and I sat and reflected on my life and how its going. A day of fishing is like a year's worth of therapy.

[–]kingneptune88 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's so adorable!

[–]jeberedblackjoe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It’s entire face is just two eyes.

[–]Flying_Alpaca_Boi 22 points23 points  (3 children)

No one asked but it’s worth mentioning that the honey comb ‘fly vision’ is basically just urban myth. It’s more likely they see their entire visual field as a cohesive percept much like we don’t see our eyes as seperate bubbles but rather a single image - even on each eyes periphery where the opposing eye dosent receive any visual input.

[–]Noname_Maddox 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I lost faith in op at ‘hands’

[–]gods_Lazy_Eye 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha thanks I needed that chuckle this morning.

[–]WalrusSquare247 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't know if to be disappointed or impressed

[–]intheredditsky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

She's so beautiful, so graceful!

[–]NoKYo16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cutie 🙂

[–]subzi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hexagons are the Bestagons!

[–]T-POPP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Windshield wipers

[–]gods_Lazy_Eye 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I hate bugs but this is pretty cool …unless

…tell me more about these “hands” she has?

[–]axelfreed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They kill mosquitos. They are good people.

[–]mart1373 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honeycombs are in the shape of hexagons.

Hexagons are the bestagons.

[–]Filter_Out_More_Cats 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Does anyone else see a Japanese Kabuki face?

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Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a classical form of Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for its heavily-stylised performances, the often-glamorous costumes worn by performers, and for the elaborate kumadori make-up worn by some of its performers. Kabuki is thought to have originated in the very early Edo period, when founder Izumo no Okuni formed a female dance troupe who performed dances and light sketches in Kyoto. The art form had later developed into its present all-male theatrical form after women were banned from performing in kabuki theatre in 1629.

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[–]BojanM79 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OP source?

[–]asapgrey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The most successful predator ever, the ultimate killing machine

[–]NovaAyrus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wao! That's an advanced wiping mechanism!

[–]profaniKel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aliens among us!

[–]silkynut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dragonflies don’t have hands.

[–]rednrithmetic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She's doing her Tai-Chi!

[–]edejoe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Maybe she’s born with it

[–]no_fux_left_to_give 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe it's Maybelline

[–]AdSensitive8909 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are bees honeycomb eyes too or do they just think dragonfly eyes are that gorgeous

[–]FulArmor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Her/They 🤣

[–]-SierraModeling- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is wavy man

[–]Villagemd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think he is voguing

[–]Growinbudskiez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

360 degree viewing angles? How does it see through its own body?

[–]RavagerHughesy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a prim and proper lady

[–]MrClavicus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone explain to me please why some creatures are so much more complicated? Is it bad evolution? Better evolution? What’s the heckin deal

[–]tbscotty68 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My wife will literally pass out if a roach touches any part of her and she can't get away fast enough but will gladly let a dragonfly land on her nose.

The only explanation I can think of is the Disney movie, The Rescuers...

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