The gyroscopic mechanism of the halteres of Diptera

  title={The gyroscopic mechanism of the halteres of Diptera},
  author={John William Sutton Pringle},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences},
  pages={347 - 384}
  • J. Pringle
  • Published 2 November 1948
  • Engineering
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
The paper gives a detailed anatomical, dynamical and physiological analysis of the gyroscopic mechanism of the halteres of the higher Diptera. (1) A re-examination has been made of the structure of the articular region of the halteres of Lucilia sericata, Calliphora erythrocephala and Eristalis tenax. In these higher Diptera the organ as a whole is free to move only in one plane, by oscillation through an angle of approximately 150° about a horizontal hinge. A secondary articulation distal to… 

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