- "Meganeura is a monster dragonfly, rulers of the Carboniferous skies. With a wingspand of almost a meter, they're the size of an eagle with an appetite to match."
Meganeura ("Large-Nerved"), also called The Giant Dragonfly, was a species of very large, eagle-sized dragonfly, with a wingspan of up to 75 cm (2.5 ft.), relative to the equatorial swamps of the Carboniferous, in what is now the British Isles, Europe, and North America, that died out by the end of the Carboniferous time period.
Like the modern dragonflies, it was carnivorous. The high oxygen level in the Carboniferous period allowed this creature (and many others) to grow to very large size. Meganeura ate lizards and other prey. They had a wingspan the size of a eagle's. They were kings and queens of the sky during the Carboniferous. They died out when the oxygen level went down.
Meganeura lived during the Carboniferous Period, 350-280 million years ago as it ruled the Carboniferous skies and shared the evnironment with reptiles, giant amphibians, and other giant insects.
With a wingspan of almost a meter, three-foot-wingspans, Meganeura were the size of an eagle with and appetite to match. High above their Carboniferous kindgom, normally they were invincible.
These dragonflies could fly faster than modern day dragonflies, which can fly at 30 miles per hour. When it comes to mating, and if they found a female, the males grabbed hold with claspers at the front and start mating. But they couldn’t identify what sex until they got really close. When it came to males having a dogfight, they could be co aerobatic. They could stop immediately and spin around on a sixpence. They also have superb eyesight, as 50% of their head is eye. When Meganeura shivered their wings, that ment they were warming up for a fight.
In addition, like with Arthropleura, the males and females were different.