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  The wing beat of Drosophila Melanogaster I: Kinematics

Zanker, J. (1990). The wing beat of Drosophila Melanogaster I: Kinematics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 327(1238), 1-18.

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Zanker, JM1, 2, Author              
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1Former Department Information Processing in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497801              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: The wing beat of small insects attracts special interest because conventional aerodynamics predict a reduction of flight efficiency when aerofoils are small and slow. The kinematics of the wing beat of tethered flying Drosophila melanogaster were investigated by using artificial slow motion pictures which were generated by single strobe flashes triggered in synchrony with the wing beat. The properties of Drosophila wing motion are described qualitatively and compared with the published data for other dipteran insects. Drosophila moves its wings in a pattern that differs considerably from the well-documented wing beat of the bigger blowfly Phormia. By means of a computerized three-dimensional reconstruction, the variables of the wing-beat cycle, such as wing path and angles of attack, are analysed quantitatively. These data will be the basis of aerodynamic calculations presented in accompanying papers.

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 Dates: 1990-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 10.1098/rstb.1990.0040
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Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences
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Publ. Info: London : Royal Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 327 (1238) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1 - 18 Identifier: ISSN: 0962-8436
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/963017382021_1