HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Flying tip of bees: Leave your legs dangling!

Unlike airplanes, leaving their landing gear down makes bees fly faster. When orchid bees extend their hind-legs they pitch forward to achieve maximal speed, and the legs produce lift forces to either side that help prevent the bee from rolling. "The hind-legs resemble airplane wings, which probably explains why they also generate lift", says Dr Stacey Combes from the University of California, Berkeley who will present her research on Tuesday 4th April at the Society for Experimental Biology's Annual Main Meeting in Canterbury, Kent [session A7].

This research is interesting as it could be applied to design miniature flying machines to be used for search and rescue missions. "It may be helpful to be able to reduce the number of control components needed by using one structure (like the orchid bee legs) to control both pitch and roll", speculates Dr Combes.

The researchers perform their experiments by encouraging the bees to fly in an outdoor wind tunnel using an incentive of aromatic oils. The bees can reach a maximum speed of 7.25 m/s, but at these speeds they lose rotational stability: "They roll all the way to the side or often upside down, and crash to the ground", observes Combes. This means that what limits the bee's speed is not muscle power or the amplitude of its wing beat, but the pitch of the body balanced with the resulting rotational instability. "Having the legs extended generates stabilizing lift forces and helps reduce the moment of inertia and the slow rolling, similar to when a spinning figure-skater extends their arms", explains Combes.


'"/>

Contact: Lucy Moore
l.moore1@lancaster.ac.uk
786-664-7434
Society for Experimental Biology
4-Apr-2006


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Flying in tune: Buzz brings mosquito pairs together
2. Leave it to salmon to leave no stone unturned

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Flying tip bees Leave your legs dangling

(Date:10/16/2014)... new synthesis of recent research findings to inform their ... two states. , The Ecology and Management of ... Synthesis of the Relevant Biophysical Science and Implications for ... the U.S. Forest Service,s Pacific Northwest Research Station, is ... a synthesis of the large body of scientific information ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... , October 16, 2014 NXT-ID, Inc. ... the "Company"), a biometric authentication company focused on the ... leading edge technologies including Wocket™, the Smart Wallet, at ... Conferenece. FiRe is a leading global conference on the ... Hosted by Mark Anderson , founder and publisher ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the ... a new disease dynamic in regions, where it has ... National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the German ... the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have presented ... the statement the academies call for the following consequences ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New report synthesizes best available science on management of moist mixed-conifer forests 2NXT-ID Inc. to Present at 13th Annual FiRe Conference 2NXT-ID Inc. to Present at 13th Annual FiRe Conference 3Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic 2Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic 3Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic 4Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic 5
(Date:10/18/2014)... The “Human Insulin Market- by Product Type, [Human ... Insulin (Rapid Acting, Long Acting, Premixed)], by Brand ... Forecast to 2018” provides a detailed overview of ... trends, and strategies impacting the global human insulin ... the revenue and share analysis. , The global ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The report "1,6-Hexanediol Market by Application and By ... the global market on the basis of its ... such as the key drivers, current trends and ... 81 Market Data Tables and 29 Figures spread ... Market by Application and by Geography - Trends ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market report defines and segments ... of revenue. This market was valued $5,154.0 million in ... 2018, at a CAGR of 58.4% from 2013 to ... hardware encryption market report, to get an idea of ... of the segmentation of the market, and is supported ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market ... analysis and forecast of revenue. The electronic medical record market ... million by 2018, at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2013 ... Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market, to get an idea of ... the segmentation of the market in the same region, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 51,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 21,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 31,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 41,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 5The Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $51,362.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $51,362.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 4The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 5
Cached News: