Fruit fly flying sequence

Fruit fly flying sequence

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Artwork of a fruit fly during flight

Credit: SALLY BENSUSEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fruit fly flying. Artwork sequence of a fruit fly (Drosophila sp.) flying. From left to right, the wings (green) can be seen performing one complete wing beat. The stroke is a complex figure-of-eight manoeuvre. Conventional aerodynamics failed to explain how insects could fly. It is now thought that vortices in the air, created by the swirling and rapid beat of an insect's wing, keep it aloft. Flies flap their wings around 200 times a second.

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