bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Honeybee navigation techniques

Researchers have discovered that honeybees don't suffer inflight crashes because they automatically adjust how fast they fly by keeping things whooshing past them at a constant rate. So when they are flying high -- they travel quickly with the ground whooshing past beneath, but when they encounter nearby objects, the whooshing sensation seems faster so they slow down.

The researchers were PhD student Emily Baird and colleagues from the Australian National University in Canberra.


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