A frame-by-frame analysis of the wing movements of a fly shows characteristics which are incompatible with the accepted model for dipteran flight.
Higher amplitude wing beats result in greater velocities on the upstroke.
Detailed examination of the wing base articulation has uncovered a wing stop and DVM stretch mechanism.
It is argued that there is elastic energy storage during the downstroke which is released on the upstroke.
A novel mechanical model for wing movements is proposed which incorporates all the new findings and argues against a ‘click’ mechanism.
JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 May 1985
Is the ‘Click’ Mechanism of Dipteran Flight an Artefact of CC14 Anaesthesia?
JALEEL A. MIYAN,
JALEEL A. MIYAN
1Department of Zoology, University of EdinburghWest Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JT, Scotland; Department of Zoology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, England
ARTHUR W. EWING
2Department of Zoology, University of EdinburghWest Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JT, Scotland
Accepted: 18 Sep 1984
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1985 by Company of Biologists
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JALEEL A. MIYAN, ARTHUR W. EWING; Is the ‘Click’ Mechanism of Dipteran Flight an Artefact of CC14 Anaesthesia?. J Exp Biol 1 May 1985; 116 (1): 313–322. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.116.1.313
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