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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2012 Apr;22(2):267-71. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2011.11.015. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

Visual control of prey-capture flight in dragonflies.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308, USA. olbergr@union.edu

Abstract

Interacting with a moving object poses a computational problem for an animal's nervous system. This problem has been elegantly solved by the dragonfly, a formidable visual predator on flying insects. The dragonfly computes an interception flight trajectory and steers to maintain it during its prey-pursuit flight. This review summarizes current knowledge about pursuit behavior and neurons thought to control interception in the dragonfly. When understood, this system has the potential for explaining how a small group of neurons can control complex interactions with moving objects.

PMID:
22195994
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2011.11.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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