Insects Taking Flight

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As awkward as they look sometimes, insects are amazing fliers. In this video from Ant Lab, we see all kinds of insects taking flight. Some, like the mantis, execute flying leaps to get in the air, whereas weevils begin flapping from a tripod stance. Watching these videos I’m always struck by how flexible insect wings are. They flex far more than I would imagine. And these insects have a lot of excess lift. Just check out that carrion beetle taking off despite being covered in mites! (Image and video credit: Ant Lab)

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