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How do bees fly?


Back in the 1930s, scientists claimed to have discovered that bees were aerodynamically unsound, and should not be able to fly, as it would break the laws of physics. Only recently have we discovered how they actually manage to fly.

Bees have an incredibly rapid wingbeat - they flap their wings 230 times per second! But they don't only flap them up and down. No, they change the shape and length of their wing, they beat the wings in strange directions and swap movements rapidly, even beating in reverse. The muscles attached to their wings are unique and incredibly powerful.


Categories: Aerodynamics