Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

simple explaination of how insects fly?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Obviously insects flap their wings. But not all insects flap them the same way. Insects can be divided into two classes based on muscle structure.

    The first class uses muscles to move their wings up and down kind of like a bird. Insects in this group include dragon flies, moths and butterflies. Dragonflies like most insects have two sets of wings. The wings alternate strokes so that when the front wings are up the back wings are down and vice-versa. This how dragon flies just hoover in place above a pond. The butterflies and moths are little different in that they just use one big set of wings. This is not nearly as efficient as the two wing setup of the dragonfly. When ever the butterfly moves its wings down it gains lift and when its wings move up it pushes the moth down a little bit. This is why you will never see a butterfly fly in a straight line, and also why birds have a very difficult time trying to eat butterflies!

    Group two contains insects that only have muscles to move their wings up. These mussels move the wings up by pulling the insects body closer together. The best example I can give of this is hold out your arms, and then imagine some one trying pull your shoulder blades together. The down stroke is caused by their elastic exoskeleton springing back into place. Insects in this group can move their wings at a much faster rate and include flies, Beatles, bees, ants, termites, and many more. When these insects flap their wings they tend to move in an almost swimming like motion so that they are turned sideways on the down stroke, preventing the up and down butterfly type flight. One of the most interesting insects in this group is actually the common housefly. This insect has adapted its second set of wings into what looks like a little ball on a rope. These are called halters, and by spinning them around very fast it allows the fly to stay oriented and do things like land on your ceiling.

    Finally there are insects with out wings. If you ever see an insect with out wings it is probably just not an adult yet. With the exception of things like walking sticks and other insects in this class.

    I think I may have gone into way too much detail, but that is a brief explanation of how insects fly.

  • 1 decade ago

    doctorcoontrad makes an excellent point with the quote she stated. If one was to scale an insect up to ten times its body size, it would not be able to generate enough lift to get it off the ground. Because insects are small, the air around them is actually quite viscous. So in order for our enlarged insect to fly, we would have to place him or her (most likely her in the insect world) in something like Karo syrup.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    properly lets placed it this kind, if u stick ur hand out of the window of a quickly paced motor vehicle u sense the air pushing ur hand lower back, now if ur hand is vertical u sense lot of rigidity and if its horizontal u wont sense it a lot!! now if u carry ur hand at a moderate perspective from horizontal upwards, u will sense the air pushin ur hand lower back AND abit upwards! attempt it, it myt not be obviose yet u can sense it! now thats the explination i am going to provide, the paper plains wings frequently have a moderate perspective with the route they r shifting (said as perspective of attack in aeronatics) reckoning on the man who has made the glaring! the bigger this perspective is the better the glaring is going yet for shorter era of time because the air pushes the glaring lower back harder (like even as u have ur hand vertical) and causes it to loose alot of speed and finally merely fall, and smaller the attitude is, it makes the glaring "cruise" for longer without gettin any hight and if the attitude is 0 as in completely horizontal then the glaring will fall like all different merchandise! the attitude is also negetive from time to time (like conserving ur hand at an perspective decrease than horizontal), that could artwork the completed opposite and push the glaring down as a replace of flying, thats why from time to time some paper plains merely merely head for the floor once u throw them! so yea in reality: a undemanding merchandise shifting although air experiances a rigidity backwards (drag) and upwards (existence), the extra the attitude of the glaring from horizontal is the extra upward rigidity and backward rigidity will develop into!! so the paper plains perspective it quite is frequently random cz no1 fairly pays interest to that is mostly a small perspective which makes a small upward rigidity and small backward rigidity!! the upward rigidity holds the glaring in air, yet that upward rigidity relies upon on speed aswell so even as the backward rigidity slows the glaring down theres not adequate up rigidity and the glaring falls! wish that helped :P (and im too lazy to double examine wat i wrote so, sorry for grammer and punctuation and different lame blunders :P)

  • 1 decade ago

    Their lightweight bodies make it easier to lift themselves. They rapidly flap their wings downward and then lift them back up while tilting downward towards the front in order to reduce air resistance.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They use wings for this purpose which are moved by muscles attached to terga and sterna.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "the bee is not aerodynamically able to fly, but it flys anyways because it doesnt know that it cant"

    I love that saying!

  • 1 decade ago

    Flap their wings and Buzzzzzzz.......(thats their pretend engine sound!)

  • 1 decade ago

    They flap their wings.

  • 1 decade ago

    they flap their wings.......simple enough?

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