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Wings inform: mechanosensing in insect flight control.

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Insect wings are richly adorned with mechanosensory structures that encode the bending during flapping. Halteres are derived from wings and are similarly equipped a rich array of strain sensors. Like wings, they are flapped and, with body rotations, experience Coriolis forces. Evolution suggests that wings themselves may serve a similar function. That is they experience Coriolis forces as they flap and the body rotates and deformations arising from those forces could provide inertial dynamic information to the nervous system. This talk reviews recent behavioral, mechanical and neural evidence that wings may serve a dual role as both actuators and sensors.

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