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Recent insights from radar studies of insect flight

Recent insights from radar studies of insect flight

Chapman, Jason W., Drake, V. Alistair and Reynolds, Don R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8749-7491 (2011) Recent insights from radar studies of insect flight. Annual Review of Entomology, 56. pp. 337-356. ISSN 0066-4170 (doi:

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Radar has been used to study insects in flight for over 40 years and has helped to establish the ubiquity of several migration phenomena: dawn, morning, and dusk takeoffs; approximate downwind transport; concentration at wind convergences; layers in stable nighttime atmospheres; and nocturnal common orientation. Two novel radar designs
introduced in the late 1990s have significantly enhanced observing capabilities.
Radar-based research now encompasses foraging as well as
migration and is increasingly focused on flight behavior and the environmental cues influencing it. Migrant moths have been shown to employ sophisticated orientation and height-selection strategies that maximize displacements in seasonally appropriate directions; they appear to have an internal compass and to respond to turbulence features
in the airflow. Tracks of foraging insects demonstrate compensation for wind drift and use of optimal search paths to locate resources. Further improvements to observing capabilities, and employment in operational as well as research roles, appear feasible.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: foraging, migration, insect-monitoring radar, harmonic radar, orientation, Lévy flights
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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