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When you see a fly flitting around your hair or your potato salad, you might see an annoyance. But in my lab, you really see…
We discovered that fruit flies alter course in less than one one-hundredth of a second, 50 times faster than we blink our eyes, which is…
There’s so many mysteries related to how flies are able to make their way through the world. I’d certainly like to know a lot more…
The robotic fly that we actually make the most use of in our laboratory is actually not a small thing, it’s a giant thing. It…
The fruit flies we work with have the equivalent of about a 25 by 25 pixel camera. But that camera is very, very fast, about…
Like many insects, flies are most sensitive to green light. This means that they would see their world as ‘black and white,’ in that they…
It is best not to swat at the fly’s starting position, but rather to aim a bit forward of that to anticipate where the fly…
It is difficult, but intriguing, to imagine seeing the world as a fly might. First, flies don’t have nearly the same visual resolution that we…
If you watch a fly on, say, a coffee table, you’ll see that they’re rubbing their little legs together to groom themselves; they’re actually quite…
I grew up watching ‘Star Trek.’ I love ‘Star Trek.’ ‘Star Trek’ made me want to see alien creatures, creatures from a far-distant world. But…
For many years in my laboratory and other laboratories around the world, we’ve been studying fly behaviors in little flight simulators. You can tether a…
Fly flight is just a great phenomenon to study. It has everything – from the most sophisticated sensory biology; really, really interesting physics; really interesting…
A fly with a brain the size of a salt grain has the behavioral repertoire nearly as complex as a much larger animal such as…
Although their maneuverability is limited, blind flies can fly remarkably well.
One of the fastest things a fruit fly does is take information from its eyes and react accordingly.
When it first notices an approaching threat, a fly’s body might be in any sort of posture depending on what it was doing at the…
The genus Drosophila is one of the great success stories. There’s hundreds of species within the genus. They’re on every continent except Antarctica, they’re in…
Only flies have true halteres. In fact, the scientific term for flies, ‘diptera,’ means ‘two wings.’ Most insects, including bees, have two pairs of wings…
I’m obsessed with insects, particularly insect flight. I think the evolution of insect flight is perhaps one of the most important events in the history…
Although finding fruit flies in your wine or beer can be a bit annoying, I hope people will pause to admire the tenacity of these…
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