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Honeybee flight: A novel 'streamlining' response

Luu, Tien; Cheung, Allen; Ball, David; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


Animals that move rapidly through the air can save considerable energy by reducing the drag that they need to overcome during flight. We describe a novel 'streamlining' response in tethered, flying honeybees in which the abdomen is held in a raised position when the visual system is exposed to a pattern of image motion that is characteristic of forward flight. This visually evoked response, which can be elicited without exposing the insect to any airflow, presumably serves to reduce the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.050310


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