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How do flies land on the ceiling??
« on: 16/12/2010 02:52:09 »
What manoeuvre do flies perform in order to land successfully on the ceiling?


 

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How do flies land on the ceiling??
« Reply #1 on: 16/12/2010 03:02:52 »
I think they put their front legs up over their heads so that hooks (claws) grab the ceiling and this flips them over in a sort of somersault so they plant their middle and rear pair of legs on the surface and grab. At least I think that is what the Nekid Sci person said- http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/latest-questions/question/1421/
 

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How do flies land on the ceiling??
« Reply #2 on: 16/12/2010 03:51:20 »
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Freeze frames, from the high-speed cameras scientists used, proved that flies do not flip, but flop, as they land upon the ceiling. Prior to impact, the fly extends its forward legs over its head, makes contact, and uses the momentum it has gathered in flight to hoist the remainder of its body to the ceiling. Thus, the fly proves to be more of an acrobat, than of a fighter pilot practicing his maneuvers.
http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/flies.asp

 

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How do flies land on the ceiling??
« Reply #3 on: 16/12/2010 11:30:06 »
Thank you both - I am relieved that the answer I supplied to the questionner appears to have been correct.

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