Female Dragonflies Play Dead to Avoid Males

Even lady insects get tired of being hit on all the time. According to a study published Thursday in New Scientist,  female dragonflies will sometimes fall from the sky and pretend to be  dead in order to avoid attention from their male counterparts. 

Rassim  Khelifa, who studies bugs in the Swiss alps, once noticed a female who  was being pursued by a male suddenly crash to the ground, laying there  until the male lost interest and left. "He [later] observed 27 out of 31  females plummeting and playing dead to avoid males, with 21 of these  ploys successful," the article states, adding that because a high-speed  death-drop is risky, "Females may only behave in this way if male  harassment is intense."

Source: Jezebel

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