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Daydreams about the flight of insects

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 12:58 pm
I just watched an insect outside my window hover and then zip away. I started thinking about how hard that would have been for a large bird. I thought about weight/mass differences. And I thought about internal versus external skeletons.

I decided that flying insects must have little or no muscle. But, I can't think of a mechanism which replaces muscle. Are their ligaments, is it all just nerves? Could it be?

Does anyone know how insects move?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:01 pm
@littlek,
It's muscle.

http://entomology.unl.edu/ent801/muscles.html
http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2005/news050121.html

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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:02 pm
@littlek,
X-ray Movies Reveal Insect Flight, Muscle Motion

FLIGHT MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:02 pm
@littlek,
I would guess they would have to have ligaments of some kind. SOMETHING has to pull on their either microscopic skeleton, or exoskeleton..

nerves can fire all they want to, but if there is nothing there to take that request from the nerve so to speak, you wont go any where..

shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:04 pm
@shewolfnm,
well, everyone answered the question already.
I should read more before replying I guess Wink


I found this, though it gives NO answers, but feeds my sharing of your daydream

http://images.encarta.msn.com/xrefmedia/aencmed/targets/illus/ilt/T014077A.gif
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:08 pm
Drewdad or Robert, can either of you translate those webpages?
DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:09 pm
Have you seen Minuscule? (Yes, I know that's not how it's spelled in English.)

It's a series of short films about the secret lives of insects.

Minuscule 1
DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:11 pm
@littlek,
About all I took away is that scientists are studying how muscles work in insects.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:16 pm
@DrewDad,
Love this!
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:19 pm
@DrewDad,
That's way too cute. Gonna have to view the others when I get home from work.
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