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How honeybees make grazing landings on flat surfaces.

Srinivasan, Mandyam V; Zhang, Shao Wu; Chahl, Javaan; Barth, Erhardt; Venkatesh, Svetha


Freely flying bees were filmed as they landed on a flat, horizontal surface, to investigate the underlying visuomotor control strategies. The results reveal that (1) landing bees approach the surface at a relatively shallow descent angle; (2) they tend to hold the angular velocity of the image of the surface constant as they approach it; and (3) the instantaneous speed of descent is proportional to the instantaneous forward speed. These characteristics reflect a surprisingly simple and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Cybernetics


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