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Flying insects and birds, through millions of years of evolution, can change the shape of their wings, subtly or dramatically, to adapt to various flight conditions. The resulting performance and agility are unmatched by any human-made airplane. For example, the dragonfly can fly forward and backward, turn abruptly and perform other supermaneuvers, hover, feed, and even mate while aloft. Undoubtedly, its prodigious wings contributed to the species’ survival for over 250 million years. The photo above depicts a male and a female Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly following airborne mating. The male has towed the just-inseminated female to a pond and is dipping her tail in the water so she can deposit her eggs.