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Flies, more than just pesky annoyances – engineering works of art

August 26th, 2015

Flies, more than just pesky annoyances – engineering works of art

Anyone who has ever attempted to catch or swat at a flying insect will testify that they are in fact aerial acrobats to say the least; but how do they do it? They fly forward and back, up and down, side to side and even dive bomb you now and again.

There is a small almost gearbox in a flies wings that allows them to “warm up” their engines to get going. It’s clearly taken a long time for scientists to come to find this out, but now the information flow is happing at warp speed.

With the increased knowledge of the biological systems of flying insects, we can in turn better understand our own biological systems, and hopefully even copy them.

Not many people actually notice, but flies do in fact have two separate sets of working wings. One, of course everyone has seen and notices right away. The other set however, is small and shaped like a drumstick and functions as a gyroscope. This smaller set of wings is what allows the fly to orient themselves once in flight.

Flies are so much more than a pesky annoyance when it comes to actual mechanics. From mechanical coupling, to almost a clutch and transmission system, adding in sensory feedback and neurons, these complicated beings are more than they appear.

Flies are awkward and annoying,  but if you would like to learn more about how flies fly, click here

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