TED talk about migrating dragonflies

I didn’t even know what TED talks were when this was posted on YouTube (boy was I missing out!) in late 2009, but someone finally pointed me toward it yesterday and I wanted to share it.  It features marine biologist Charles Anderson and his discovery of the extraordinary migration of the wandering glider dragonfly (Pantala flavescens).  A simple behavioral observation piqued his curiosity and led him to track the dragonflies, only to discover that they make an enormously long migration, the longest known migration of any insect. It’s a great story and an excellent talk, well worth the 16 minutes of your life it will take to watch (skip the 3 minute IBM commercial at the end).  So, without further ado, I give you Charles Anderson’s TED talk:

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