30,000 Facets Give Dragonflies A Different Perspective: The Big Compound Eye In The Sky

Male Yellow-winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum), side view. (Credit: André Karwath / CC BY-SA 2.5)
A close look at a dragonfly’s compound eyes. (Credit: Dustin Iskandar / CC BY 2.0)
These different opsins have very specific arrangements within each ommatidia.

--

--

--

PhD evolutionary ecology/ornithology. Psittacophile. scicomm Forbes, previously Guardian. always Ravenclaw. discarded scientist & writer, now an angry house elf

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
𝐆𝐫𝐫𝐥𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭, scientist & writer

𝐆𝐫𝐫𝐥𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭, scientist & writer

PhD evolutionary ecology/ornithology. Psittacophile. scicomm Forbes, previously Guardian. always Ravenclaw. discarded scientist & writer, now an angry house elf

More from Medium

Glossary of Photographer’s Woo: Low Element Count Lenses

Shadows and Reflections in “Star Trek: Generations”

“Atlanta” was found, which was thought to be lost forever

Nietzsche from a Catholic’s POV