Lost Limbs Foundation

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Parts is Parts!

If you fly, you might bump into something. Insects that bump into something can lose parts of their wings, making flight difficult, if not impossible. So what's a bug to do?Yellow jackets have a dot of resilin (a rubbery material) near the wing-tip on the leading edge (the first part of the wing to encounter the air when moving forward). This rubbery material allows the wing to bend when the yellow jacket hits something, but the wing does not bend when flying. This helps prevent loss of the wing tip when the insect bumps into something.
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If you fly, you might bump into something. Insects that bump into something can lose parts of their wings, making flight difficult, if not impossible. So what's a bug to do?

Yellow jackets have a dot of resilin (a rubbery material) near the wing-tip on the leading edge (the first part of the wing to encounter the air when moving forward). This rubbery material allows the wing to bend when the yellow jacket hits something, but the wing does not bend when flying. This helps prevent loss of the wing tip when the insect bumps into something.

Photo courtesy of:

http://www.buffaloexterminating.com/pests-yellow-jackets

Source:

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/347811/description/News_in_Brief_Integrative_and_Comparative_Biology