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Tsevi Beatus and Itai Cohen measure 5 millisecond reflex in fruit flies

Postdoctoral fellow Tsevi Beatus, working with Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics, and John Guckenheimer, professor of mathematics, have discovered that flies stabilize themselves during flight using a control reflex that’s among the fastest in the animal kingdom. 

Read more in the Chronicle.

The full article is in Royal Society Interface.

A fruit fly does a roll and correction. The three sides of the 3-D box show movies from high-speed cameras, and the 3D-rendered fly represents kinematic data of the body and wing positions in each frame. The movie is played three times to show the same maneuver from different views.

Fruit fly roll and correction