Maximum metabolic rate, relative lift, wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude during tethered flight in the adult locust Locusta migratoria.

@article{Snelling2012MaximumMR,
  title={Maximum metabolic rate, relative lift, wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude during tethered flight in the adult locust Locusta migratoria.},
  author={Edward P Snelling and Roger S Seymour and Philip G D Matthews and Craig R White},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={215 Pt 18},
  pages={3317-23}
}
Flying insects achieve the highest mass-specific aerobic metabolic rates of all animals. However, few studies attempt to maximise the metabolic cost of flight and so many estimates could be sub-maximal, especially where insects have been tethered. To address this issue, oxygen consumption was measured during tethered flight in adult locusts Locusta migratoria, some of which had a weight attached to each wing (totalling 30-45% of body mass). Mass-specific metabolic rate increased from 28±2 μmol… CONTINUE READING

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