Can a Humming Bird out fly a Bee?

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Offline tommya300

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Can a Humming Bird out fly a Bee?
« on: 26/07/2010 02:08:37 »
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Seeing how Humming birds in flight can maneuver at high speeds, stop on a dime, hover still or pivot 360deg, in a blink,  and shoot off like a bullet!

Also we see bees pathes in a shorter bursts, which are more difficult to observe a single bee, not saying it is not difficult to follow the Humming birds flight path any farther.

Can a Humming bird out fly a bee??
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« Reply #1 on: 26/07/2010 02:15:50 »
Generally speaking, the more maneuverability something has, the less sustained speed it may achieve.  I expect that their speed will be about equivalent.  Thanks for comments, Joe L. Ogan

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« Reply #2 on: 26/07/2010 02:45:58 »
Hummingbirds are much faster. They do a thing where they go straight up to quite a height, then come straight back down again as fast as possible. It's quite remarkable to watch.

We have some really tiny hummingbirds here. Their bodies are about the size as my pinkie finger, and they are incredibly fast. Exquisite is the only way to describe them. Mind you, they also burn fuel at an incredible rate too.

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« Reply #3 on: 26/07/2010 17:48:01 »
They're a bit bigger and heavier than a bee, this helps them achieve higher speeds (higher 'ballistic coefficient').

Basically, they've got more body behind each square mm of frontal cross-section as they push through the air, so they can store more energy and produce more power. This lets them go faster and/or be more efficient and/or fly further.

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« Reply #4 on: 26/07/2010 18:49:00 »
Generally speaking, the more maneuverability something has, the less sustained speed it may achieve.  I expect that their speed will be about equivalent.  Thanks for comments, Joe L. Ogan

This is why fighter jets and and racing cars are so heavy, whereas bombers and oil tankers are very nippy.
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