A good-sized dragonfly (for around here, anyway…small by worldwide standards) flew into a friend’s apartment. I went over to help her to get it out (by “help” I mean actually do the getting-outting whilst she hides).
It was on the ceiling, so I took a stick and tapped it lightly to get it to fly and land somewhere else. It took a few tries, as it kept landing in difficult places to get at. Then it landed on the ceiling once again. I noticed that it now appeared to be trembling, whereas it was previously very still. When I touched it with the stick again, it wouldn’t even move. It took a considerably harder push to get it to fly again.
Was this dragonfly quivering from fear? Was it now “petrified” with fear so that it couldn’t fly until I’d successfully dislodged him from the ceiling? I had been harassing it for a few minutes now, so I wonder if it was scared. Do bugs have fear mechanisms that are like ours?
It ended up landing on the floor at one point and I managed to lay a dishtowel over him so I could gently scoop him up and get him outside.