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Press Release 09-045 - Video

When the wind blows, fruit flies stop. This defensive response got Caltech researchers thinking.


When the wind blows, fruit flies stop. This innate defensive response got biologist David Anderson and his team at Caltech thinking. What neural circuitry underlies this defensive behavior? How is a fruit fly able to use the same organ on its antennae to process the feel of a gentle wind and the sound of a mate, and respond with the appropriate behavior?

Credit: Fly wrangling and camera: Suzuko Yorozu
Sound Editing: David Anderson
Music by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov "The Flight of the Bumblebee"

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