Fruit flies use polarization vision to fly on course

New research from Biology professor Michael Dickinson's lab reveals how fruit flies are able to hold a course for miles. Fruit flies, like other insects, have compound eyes giving them a much different perspective of the world than animals have. For instance, they always have 'an eye' on the sky above. Turns out this is key for their navigation - they use the sky's natural polarization to guide them while they fly. Click here to read more about this research and see a video showing how the lab studies fruit flies in flight!

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Fri, Jan 20 at 1 PM