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    Flying insects tell tales of long-distance migrations

    Every autumn, a quiet mountain pass in the Swiss Alps turns into an insect superhighway. For a couple of months, the air thickens as millions of migrating flies, moths and butterflies make their way through a narrow opening in the mountains. For Myles Menz, it’s a front-row seat to one of the greatest movements in the animal kingdom.

    Menz, an ecologist at the University of Bern in...

    04/05/2018 - 06:00 Animals, Ecology
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    Hoverflies (probably) can’t sense gravity

    Hoverflies not only defy gravity, they may not even know it’s there.

    Insects known for their aerial acrobatics — like hoverflies and dragonflies — have to execute twists and turns with extreme precision. Whether they use gravity to orient themselves and control their altitude has been a mystery.

    Rather than sending flies into space to test such abilities, Roman Goulard of Aix-...

    08/18/2016 - 15:04 Animals, Biophysics