Thread subject: :: How does a fly land on the ceiling?

Posted by Tony Irwin on 13-08-2006 17:50

Kahis wrote: I don't think insects can fly upside down -

I don't think they do, at least not in a sustained way. Dalton has some pictures in his book that do show both lacewings and flies flying upside-down, but only as part of a take-off manouvre. I'm sure it is only for a brief time until they right themselves.
I tried to make it clear in my description of the house-fly ceiling manouvre, that it flies right-way-up, and only turns upside-down when landing.
[Actually insects flying upside-down I can cope with - it's watching helicopters flying upside down that really spooks me! :D ]

Edited by Tony Irwin on 13-08-2006 17:52