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Dragonflies attracted to my car?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by JanetM, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. JanetM

    JanetM Member

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    This might seem like a strange topic, but has anyone else noticed that dragonflies (or any other insects) are attracted to the MS?

    I've had my MS since early August and since the first week I've noticed something. As I'm driving around at low or moderate speed, I'm getting frequent dragonfly "visits". They hover over my pano roof, fly toward my car and swoop up over the windshield and away, etc. In fact, if I want to see a dragonfly all I need to do is pull my car out into the driveway and leave it on for a minute or so and at least one will come over and check it out. They don't stay long, but they definitely come over and have a look.

    I was trying to guess why this might be and asked some friends and family their opinions. So far the ideas are 1) something about it being electric - an electromagnetic field thing they're detecting perhaps? 2) the motors produce some kind of hum or whine (undetectable to me) that attracts them and makes them think it's another dragonfly or a mosquito, etc.

    Anyway, the kiddos and I think it's kinda cool, but was just wondering if anyone else has noticed something similar?
     
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    I saw this at a supercharger the other day. Reminded me of being on my front porch on 9/11 with a lot of citronella candles burning, and having 3 or 4 praying mantis come up close to check us out.
     
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    All things considered, I think Dragonflies on my Model S is probably easier to deal with than Cats on my Roadster! ... :wink:
     
  4. JanetM

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    That was a fun thread! Loved the cat moderators' responses.

    Well, I guess each car has its particular fan-base.
     
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    I definitely had an insect of the Tesla fan type on my hood the other day.

    At first it was mildly amusing, but it was pretty huge. I didn't really want the thing flying around in my garage when I got home so I tried doing things to get it off. I tried accelerating fast, and that didn't work. I tried stopping mass fast (no one behind me), but that didn't work either. I tried cornering hard, but that didn't work either.

    Nothing deterred the insect from it's ride. It rode the entire 20 minute drive from my work to my house on the hood of my car. When I pulled into my drive way it decided to fly away. I guess it knew it won.
     
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    #6 musicious, Oct 5, 2015
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    Nature, saying 'thank you".

    or Nature, "stupid, bipeds. What took so long, brainiacs?"
     
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    YES! So crazy that you mentioned this! I especially noticed it on my Boston trip. At one supercharger stop, there was a dragonfly that just wouldn't leave. I thought he was going to follow us the rest of the trip.
     
  9. JanetM

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    This was great, thanks :)

    Musicious, Too bad I couldn't see the fireflies vid, it's been taken down. What was the gist of it?
     
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    I had 5 dragon flies dancing around my car last week. 2 pairs were in the process of getting it on and the fifth was kinda lonely I guess.
     
  11. musicious

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    I fixed the link please try again its worth watching ;)
     
  12. JanetM

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    Maybe the fifth had its eye on the MS!

    What a cool video! Thanks for sharing. Who made it?
     
  13. musicious

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    I believe the guy who made it is just a Tesla Owner & fan
     
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    I have NEVER seen dragonflies around my house. now they are constantly hanging out along the top of my windshield...weird
     

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