Staying the course: fruit flies employ stabilizer reflex to recover from midflight stumbles

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 16:35 in Biology & Nature

Observing the aerial maneuvers of fruit flies, researchers have uncovered how the insects -- when disturbed by sharp gusts of wind -- right themselves and stay on course. Fruit flies use an automatic stabilizer reflex that helps them recover with precision from midflight stumbles.

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