All About the Eyes

All About the Eyes
Female Common Darter Dragonfly. Beautiful.

The science bit: Dragonflies have very large eyes and have very good vision. Vision dominates their behaviour, including predation and looking for mates. The compound eye is made up of ommatidia which is a visual unit consisting of a lens system and a group of light sensitive cells. A large dragonfly may have up to 30,000 ommatidia in each compound eye. Each ommatidium collects one visual information, together form a mosaic image in the dragonfly’s brain.

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  1. heathercheryl 23rd May 2009

    Excellent macro, beautiful colours. Congratulations on being PhotoFriday "Noteworthy"

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