Flight Control of an Insect

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A butterfly's fore- and hindwings act as one low aspect ratio wing. The variation in the feathering angle is not as large as that of other insects such as a dragonfly and a damselfly. A butterfly varies the lead-lag angle of the forewing and the angle between the thorax and the abdomen at take-off. This implies the possibility that the insect moves all parts of its body to fly. This is an advantage that an insect has over a conventional aircraft. Moreover, a new method to investigate an insect’s flight control ability is introduced. An attached plate disturbs the insect, and a remarkable flight pattern can be observed. The flight control ability of the insect can be elucidated by analyzing the insect’s flight pattern.

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Pietro VINCENZINI and Salvatore GRAZIANI

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20-24

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.58.20

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S. Sunada "Flight Control of an Insect", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 58, pp. 20-24, 2008

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September 2008

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