3D insect flight: footage captured from inside a fly
A team of scientists from Oxford University, Imperial College, and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland have used very intense X-rays to film inside an insect as it flies.
The footage is a 3D reconstruction, made up of several X-ray images, and shows a blowfly's flight motor - the anatomy that powers its flight.
The researchers say the videos offer a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature's most complex mechanisms.
Dr Simon Walker from Oxford's animal flight group told the BBC: "We hope that this research will [prove] useful towards the design of micro-mechanical systems, including micro air vehicles that aim to replicate insect flight."
The results are published in the journal Plos Biology.
Footage courtesy of Simon Walker, University of Oxford
26 Mar 2014
- From the section Science & Environment