Kinematic analysis of maiden flight of Odonata
International Journal of Odonatology, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 181-192, 2010
Published: 1 October 210 (Received: 12 February 2010, Accepted: 16 August 2010)
The maiden flight of five species of Odonata of different families was filmed by slow motion up to 500 f/s and analysed frame by frame. The aim of this study was to find out if the maiden flight differs among various species as well as between tenerals and adults within the same species with respect to wing beat frequency, phase-relationship between fore- and hind wings, flight speed and acceleration. All the values of the flight parameters were much lower in maiden flight than in the flight of adults. The possible reasons for the weakness of the maiden flight are discussed.
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