Gliding behaviour elicited by lateral looming stimuli in flying locusts

@article{Santer2004GlidingBE,
  title={Gliding behaviour elicited by lateral looming stimuli in flying locusts},
  author={Roger D. Santer and Peter Simmons and F. Claire Rind},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2004},
  volume={191},
  pages={61-73}
}
We challenged tethered, flying locusts with visual stimuli looming from the side towards one eye in a way that mimics the approach of a predatory bird. Locusts respond to the lateral approach of a looming object with steering movements and a stereotyped, rapid behaviour in which the wingbeat pattern ceases and the wings are swept into a gliding posture. This gliding behaviour may cause the locust to dive. The gliding posture is maintained for 200 ms or more after which flight is resumed with an… CONTINUE READING
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