Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Recent progress on the flight of dragonflies and damselflies

Nakata, T; Henningsson, P; Lin, H-T; Bomphrey, R J


T Nakata

P Henningsson

H-T Lin

R J Bomphrey


Remarkable flight performance is key to the survival of adult Odonata. They integrate varied three-dimensional architectures and kinematics of the wings, unsteady aerodynamics, and sensory feedback control in order to achieve agile flight. Therefore, a diverse range of approaches are necessary to understand their flight strategy comprehensively. Recently, new data have been presented in several key areas in Odonata such as measurement of surface topographies, computational fluid dynamic analyses, quantitative flow visualisation using particle image velocimetry, and optical tracking of free flight trajectories in laboratory environments. In this paper, we briefly review those findings alongside more recent studies that have advanced our understanding of the flight mechanics of Odonata still further.


Nakata, T., Henningsson, P., Lin, H., & Bomphrey, R. J. (2020). Recent progress on the flight of dragonflies and damselflies. International Journal of Odonatology, 23(1), 41-49.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2020
Publication Date Mar 11, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 12, 2021
Journal International Journal of Odonatology
Print ISSN 1388-7890
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 41-49
Public URL


You might also like

Downloadable Citations