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The angular orientation of the movement detectors acting on the flight lift response in flies

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Wehrhahn,  C
Former Department Information Processing in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Wehrhahn, C. (1978). The angular orientation of the movement detectors acting on the flight lift response in flies. Biological Cybernetics, 31(3), 169-173. doi:10.1007/BF00337003.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F138-D
Abstract
The lift response of houseflies Musca domestica in fixed flight to periodic gratings movins in 12 different orientations has been measured. Two projectors were arranged symmetrically to the flies stimulating successively 18 circular patches of 50° (25°) diameter (9 for each eye) in their visual field. The shapes of the lift responses measured as a function of the orientation of the moving grating varied when different patches in the visual field were stimulated. A qualitative comparison of these response curves leads to the conclusion that the orientation of the movement detecting substrate acting on the flight lift response varies as a function of the stimulated area in the visual field. A straightforward correlation between the geometry of the ommatidial pattern and the orientation of the movement detecting substrate valid for all stimulated areas of the compound eyes does not seem very likely.