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Insect Flight | Capturing Takeoff & Flying at 3,200 FPS

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Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps!

00:00 - intro
01:17 - plume moth
01:20 - firefly
02:32 - painted lichen moth
03:14 - leafroller moth
03:31 - rosy maple moth
04:00 - stonefly (see comment for correct ID)
05:14 - mayflies
06:07 - fishfly
07:00 - aphid
07:42 - scorpionfly
08:10 - lacewing

References:
"Surface-Skimming Stoneflies: A Possible Intermediate Stage in Insect Flight Evolution" by Marden & Kramer, 1994 Science https://doi.org/10.1126/science.266.5184.427

"Late Carboniferous paleoichnology reveals the oldest full-body impression of a flying insect" by Knecht, Engel, Benner, 2011 PNAS https://www.pnas.org/content/108/16/6515

"Reanalysis and experimental evidence indicate that the earliest trace fossil of a winged insect was a surface-skimming neopteran" by Marden, 2012 Evolution https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01743.x

"Jumping mechanisms in lacewings (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae)" by Burrows & Dorosenko, 2014 Journal of Experimental Biology https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.110841

Surface skimming video courtesy of Prof. James Marden, Penn State U https://science.psu.edu/bio/people/jhm10

Music licensed from https://www.soundofpicture.com/

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