Scientists are using high-speed video to study the flight secrets of bees—all in the name of better drones.
You would think that the world's top pollinators would also be skilled flyers but the truth is, bees are actually clumsy pilots. They crash into things almost once every second they're in flight but before researchers started filming them, we didn't understand these obstacles. It's not something you can study with the naked eye.
"In the time you blink your eye, a bee beats its wings sixty-five times," said biomechanical ecologist, Stacey Combes, an Associate Professor at Harvard University who is now an Assistant Professor at UC Davis.
But it's not that bees are inept at flying. It's more a matter of unpredictable wind currents that blow them out of their intended flight paths and shake the targets (like flowers) that they're trying to land on.
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