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J Insect Sci. 2010;10:19. doi: 10.1673/031.010.1901.

Fire ant alate wing motion data and numerical reconstruction.

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  • 1NCPA, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA. lcgui@olemiss.edu

Abstract

The wing motions of a male and a female fire ant alate, which beat their wings at 108 and 96 Hz, respectively, were captured with a stereo imaging system at a high frame rate of 8,000 frames per second. By processing the high-speed image frames, the three-dimensional wingtip positions and the wing surface orientation angles were determined with a high phase resolution, i.e. 74 and 83 phases per period for the male and the female, respectively. A numerical reconstruction of the stereo wingbeat images demonstrated that the data collected described almost all the details of the wing surface motion, so that further computational fluid dynamic simulations are possible for fire ant alate flight.

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PMC3014748
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