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The moment before touchdown: landing manoeuvres of the honeybee Apis mellifera

Evangelista, C; Kraft, P; Dacke, Marie; Reinhard, Judith; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


Although landing is a crucial part of insect flight, it has attracted relatively little study. Here, we investigate, for the first time, the final moments of a honeybee's (Apis mellifera) landing manoeuvre. Using high-speed video recordings, we analyse the behaviour of bees as they approach and land on surfaces of various orientations. The bees enter a stable hover phase, immediately prior to touchdown. We have quantified behaviour during this hover phase and examined whether it changes as the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.037465


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