Flower tracking performance in hawkmoths – the role of sensory cues and wing damage

Anna Stöckl
Würzburg University, Germany

Date(s) : 12/05/2021   iCal
14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

The hawkmoth insect family is well known for their characteristic hovering flight, which they use to hover in front of flowers and suck nectar through their long proboscis. This intricate visuo-motor coordination is further challenged when the flowers move in the wind, forcing hawkmoths to track their movements in the air to keep their proboscis in the nectary. In my talk, I will highlight two sets of recent experimental results that shed light on the parameters vital to this behaviour: the sensory inputs required to accurately track the flower position and own body movements, as well as the integrity of their wings.


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