The visual control of landing and obstacle avoidance in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

  title={The visual control of landing and obstacle avoidance in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={Floris van Breugel and Michael H. Dickinson},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={215 Pt 11},
Landing behavior is one of the most critical, yet least studied, aspects of insect flight. In order to land safely, an insect must recognize a visual feature, navigate towards it, decelerate, and extend its legs in preparation for touchdown. Although previous studies have focused on the visual stimuli that trigger these different components, the complete sequence has not been systematically studied in a free-flying animal. Using a real-time 3D tracking system in conjunction with high speed… CONTINUE READING
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