- Bristles reduce the force required to ‘fling’ wings apart in the smallest insects
- Wing flexibility improves bumblebee flight stability
Summary: Flexibility of the 1m-cu resilin joint in bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) wings improves stability in forward flight.
- Wind alters landing dynamics in bumblebees
Summary: Wind alters bumblebee landing performance and may preclude optic flow-based strategies for control of landing speed.
- Underwater flight by the planktonic sea butterfly
Highlighted Article: The zooplanktonic sea butterfly Limacina helicina ‘flies’ underwater using many of the same fluid dynamic ‘tricks’ that very small insects use to fly in air.
- Pitch perfect: how fruit flies control their body pitch angle
Summary: High-speed videography of free-flying Drosophila reveals their active control mechanism for counter-pitching perturbations, which is rapid, robust and consistent with linear control theory.
- Body appendages fine-tune posture and moments in freely manoeuvring fruit flies
Summary: In Drosophila, motion control of appendages allows flies to trim out imbalances in moment generation caused by wing damage and abnormal asymmetries of the flight apparatus.
- Bumblebee flight performance in cluttered environments: effects of obstacle orientation, body size and acceleration
Highlighted Article: Large bumblebees exhibit impaired flight performance in cluttered environments compared with small bees; this is not due to the scaling of acceleration performance, however, and may be driven by the allometry of collision avoidance.