Slo-mo films of flying insects

October 1, 2020 • 2:45 pm

Here are some gorgeous videos of flying insects from Ant Lab.  The YouTube notes are below:

Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps!

00:00 – intro
01:17 – plume moth
01:20 – firefly
02:32 – painted lichen moth
03:14 – leafroller moth
03:31 – rosy maple moth
04:00 – stonefly (see comment for correct ID)
05:14 – mayflies
06:07 – fishfly
07:00 – aphid
07:42 – scorpionfly
08:10 – lacewing

There’s lots of interesting information here, like that the elytra (wing covers) of beetles also flap when they fly. I like the stonefly and fishfly videos best, as there are four wings in action. But the aphids are really cool, too.

9 thoughts on “Slo-mo films of flying insects

  1. Just great. it’s interesting how non aerodynamic and non-streamlined insects are for flying through air compared with animals that fly through water

  2. I hate that my mind has become so conspiratorial but it’s entirely possible that Trump is feigning illness as an excuse to bail out of debates and/or to push his bogus cures (“I took hydroxychloroquine and fully recovered!” we might hear in a couple weeks).

    But I hope he really does have it. It’s the least he deserves.

    1. Crap. This was supposed to go in the replies for Friday Dialogue. I have honestly no idea how it ended up here.

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