Strepsipteran forewings are haltere-like organs of equilibrium

  title={Strepsipteran forewings are haltere-like organs of equilibrium},
  author={Waltraud Pix and Gerbera Nalbach and Jochen Zeil},
The forewings of male Strepsiptera share striking morphological similarities with the hindwing-derived halteres of flies [1-3] that are known to be gyroscopic organs of equilibrium [4-6]. In a combined study of functional morphology and behavior we show for the first time conclusively that the specialized forewings in male Strepsiptera play the same role as halteres in flies. Rotational movements of the animal produce Coriolis forces at the rapidly oscillating clubshaped forewings. These forces… Expand

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