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Old 02-22-2010, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Migrating Insects Use Wind to Travel Efficiently at Speeds of up to 60 MPH

Migrating Insects Use Wind to Travel Efficiently at Speeds of up to 60 MPH
by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada on 02. 8.10
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Migrating Insects Use Wind to Travel Efficiently at Speeds of up to 60 MPH : TreeHugger
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What Can We Learn From The Highways in the Sky
Science recently published a study titled "Flight Orientation Behaviors Promote Optimal Migration Trajectories in High-Flying Insects". It's about how migrating insects have evolved to take advantage very efficiently of high speed winds (while you're stuck in traffic, butterflies whiz by at up to 60 MPH, possibly more) to travel hundreds of miles in relatively short periods of time, all that while correcting for crosswinds taking them off-course, and expanding as little energy as possible. This made me wonder, in the spirit of biomimicry, what can we...
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