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Unconventional lift-generating mechanisms in free-flying butterflies.

Abstract:

Flying insects generate forces that are too large to be accounted for by conventional steady-state aerodynamics. To investigate these mechanisms of force generation, we trained red admiral butterflies, Vanessa atalanta, to fly freely to and from artificial flowers in a wind tunnel, and used high-resolution, smoke-wire flow visualizations to obtain qualitative, high-speed digital images of the air flow around their wings. The images show that free-flying butterflies use a variety of unconventi...

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Publisher copy:
10.1038/nature01223

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Srygley, RB More by this author
Thomas, AL More by this author
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
420
Issue:
6916
Pages:
660-664
Publication date:
2002-12-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:099e0bc8-e59d-4303-a48a-72ed8286e803
Source identifiers:
164995
Local pid:
pubs:164995

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