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Landing strategies in honeybees, and possible applications to autonomous airborne vehicles

Srinivasan, Mandyam V; Zhang, Shao Wu; Chahl, Javaan


Insects, being perhaps more reliant on image motion cues than mammals or higher vertebrates, are proving to be an excellent organism in which to investigate how information on optic flow is exploited to guide locomotion and navigation. This paper describes one example, illustrating how bees perform grazing landings on a flat surface. A smooth landing is achieved by a surprisingly simple and elegant strategy: image velocity is held constant as the surface is approached, thus automatically...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Bulletin


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