Terragen paleopteran carnivorous insect (order Odonata) that hunts on the wing, can hover in mid-air, and feeds on smaller insects, grasping them with their spiny legs.

Dragonflies have the largest compound eyes of any baseline insect (25,000 lenses). The larvae are aquatic, living in fresh water and feeding on small vertebrates and aquatic invertebrates, catching them with a "trapdoor" face-mask. Dragonflies evolved during the Carboniferous Period; some early giant forms (Meganeura) with wingspans of up to 75 cm. Giant dragonflies remain a popular biont of choice among some hobbyists and breeders, especially in oxygen rich low gravity environments, where bioborg forms with powered spiracles can reach wingspans of many meters. The Vacuum Soarers are heavily bioborged space adapted dragonfly provolves.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 09 October 2001.