- Optic flow stabilizes flight in ruby-throated hummingbirds
Summary: Ruby-throated hummingbirds appear to use optic flow to stabilize flight, similar to insects, by rotating with and following projected moving patterns in a flight arena.
- Pitch perfect: how fruit flies control their body pitch angle
Summary: High-speed videography of free-flying Drosophila reveals their active control mechanism for counter-pitching perturbations, which is rapid, robust and consistent with linear control theory.
- A visual horizon affects steering responses during flight in fruit flies
Summary: During flight, fruit flies track visual features more strongly if they dip below a visual horizon, consistent with using the horizon to judge distance.
- Haltere mechanosensory influence on tethered flight behavior in Drosophila
Summary: Fly mechanosensory organs influence wing-steering responses to visual stimuli in a context-dependent way.
- Bumblebees measure optic flow for position and speed control flexibly within the frontal visual field
Summary: Bumblebees control their flight using motion cues generated by the nearest obstacles in the frontal visual field, a strategy that enables them to fly safely in cluttered environments.
- Body saccades of Drosophila consist of stereotyped banked turns
Summary: Using high-speed 3D videography and a dynamically scaled robotic fly, we studied the biomechanics and aerodynamics of saccadic turns in flying flies. We show that these maneuvers are remarkably stereotypic.