Mechanosensory control of compensatory head roll during flight in the blowflyCalliphora erythrocephala Meig.

@article{Hengstenberg2004MechanosensoryCO,
  title={Mechanosensory control of compensatory head roll during flight in the blowflyCalliphora erythrocephala Meig.},
  author={Roland Hengstenberg},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2004},
  volume={163},
  pages={151-165}
}
  • R. Hengstenberg
  • Published 1 March 1988
  • Biology
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology A
Summary1.In the blowflyCalliphora flying stationarily in a wind tunnel, compensatory head movements were elicited by rolling the fly about its longitudinal axis (Fig. 1). Responses were recorded on video tape, and evaluated by single frame analysis.2.Active head movements were observed in response to visual and mechanosensory stimuli (Fig. 2). They are not made or caused by the head's inertial momentum (Fig. 11).3.Gravity, used by walking flies to align their head with the vertical, does not… 

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