Popular Science

Female dragonflies feign death to avoid sex

Boy oh boy is animal reproduction upsetting
Actual dragonfly

This is the establishing shot of every dragonfly horror movie.

Pexels user lovely john

You’re a lady dragonfly. You’ve just had sex with some dude (is there such a thing as a female dragonfly orgasm?) who finished and flew away immediately, leaving you to find a safe place to lay your eggs. And now this other guy just will not leave you alone.

You tried crossing to the other side of the stream

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science1 min read
What Makes A City Last?
SOME CITIES FORM BY ACCIDENT: INDUSTRIOUS people set up shop near water and tillable soil, build a modest financial hub that draws in a steady stream of citizens, and eventually end up with a nice little metropolis. But as times and economic models c
Popular Science1 min read
I Let Bedbugs Feast On Me—for Science
In 2007, I started a position at the urban entomology lab at the University of Florida. At the time, bedbugs were spreading around the United States—after a long period of quiescence—so a lot of research was focused on understanding and controlling t
Popular Science1 min read
How Did Alaska Get Consumption?
IN THE 19TH CENTURY, tuberculosis killed thousands in remote Alaskan settlements. Medical-journal author W.T. Wythe shared his hunch as to why in Popular Science’s May 1872 issue: “The diseases of the northwest coast are modified by, and in many case