Smart wing rotation and trailing-edge vortices enable high frequency mosquito flight

@inproceedings{Bomphrey2017SmartWR,
  title={Smart wing rotation and trailing-edge vortices enable high frequency mosquito flight},
  author={Richard J Bomphrey and Toshiyuki Nakata and Nathan C. Phillips and Simon M. Walker},
  booktitle={Nature},
  year={2017}
}
Mosquitoes exhibit unusual wing kinematics; their long, slender wings flap at remarkably high frequencies for their size (>800 Hz)and with lower stroke amplitudes than any other insect group. This shifts weight support away from the translation-dominated, aerodynamic mechanisms used by most insects, as well as by helicopters and aeroplanes, towards poorly understood rotational mechanisms that occur when pitching at the end of each half-stroke. Here we report free-flight mosquito wing kinematics… CONTINUE READING

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