Honeybee flight: A novel ‘streamlining’ response

Luu, Tien, Cheung, Allen, Ball, David and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2011) Honeybee flight: A novel ‘streamlining’ response. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 214 13: 2215-2225. doi:10.1242/jeb.050310

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Author Luu, Tien
Cheung, Allen
Ball, David
Srinivasan, Mandyam V.
Title Honeybee flight: A novel ‘streamlining’ response
Journal name The Journal of Experimental Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0949
Publication date 2011-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1242/jeb.050310
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 214
Issue 13
Start page 2215
End page 2225
Total pages 11
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher The Company of Biologists
Language eng
Abstract 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 aerodynamic drag that would otherwise be produced by the abdomen during real flight. The response is critically dependent on the presence of appropriate image motion everywhere within the large field of view of the insect. Thus, our results also underscore the importance of using panoramic stimulation for the study of visually guided flight in insects, and reveal the relative importance of various regions of the visual field in assessing the speed of flight through the environment.
Keyword Insect flight
Motion detection
Virtual reality
Q-Index Code C1
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