Insect Detection of Small Targets Moving in Visual Clutter

  title={Insect Detection of Small Targets Moving in Visual Clutter},
  author={Karin Nordstr{\"o}m and P. Darcy Barnett and David C. O'Carroll},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={2053 - 2059}
Detection of targets that move within visual clutter is a common task for animals searching for prey or conspecifics, a task made even more difficult when a moving pursuer needs to analyze targets against the motion of background texture (clutter). Despite the limited optical acuity of the compound eye of insects, this challenging task seems to have been solved by their tiny visual system. Here we describe neurons found in the male hoverfly, Eristalis tenax, that respond selectively to small… CONTINUE READING
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