Flight orientation behaviors promote optimal migration trajectories in high-flying insects
Chapman, Jason W., Nesbit, Rebecca L., Burgin, Laura E., Reynolds, Don R., Smith, Alan D., Middleton, Douglas R. and Hill, Jane K. (2010) Flight orientation behaviors promote optimal migration trajectories in high-flying insects. Science, 327 (5966). pp. 682-685. ISSN 0036-8075Full text not available from this repository.
Many insects undertake long-range seasonal migrations to exploit temporary breeding sites hundreds or thousands of kilometers apart, but the behavioral adaptations that facilitate these movements remain largely unknown. Using entomological radar, we showed that the ability to select seasonally favorable, high-altitude winds is widespread in large day- and night-flying migrants and that insects adopt optimal flight headings that partially correct for crosswind drift, thus maximizing distances traveled. Trajectory analyses show that these behaviors increase migration distances by 40% and decrease the degree of drift from seasonally optimal directions. These flight behaviors match the sophistication of those seen in migrant birds and help explain how high-flying insects migrate successfully between seasonal habitats.
|Additional Information:|| Published 5 February 2010.  Supporting Online Material can be found at - http://www.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2010/02/02/327.5966.682.DC1.html. Supplement contains: Materials and Methods; SOM Text; Figs. S1 to S8; Tables S1 to S5; References.  ISSN 0036-8075 (Print), 1095-9203 (Online).|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||animal migration, butterflies physiology, flight, animal, moths physiology, wind|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QL Zoology|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||Natural Resources Institute|
Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment
|Last Modified:||20 Nov 2012 12:16|
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