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Halteres

Halteres

(Science: zoology) Balancers; the rudimentary hind wings of diptera.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Weights used in jumping, fr. To leap.


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evolution - in the details

As an aside, if a fly loses one of its halteres, it can only fly in circles. This has been demonstrated time and time again in entomology 101 classes.

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by lyricen
Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:56 pm
 
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evolution - in the details

The second set of wings on all flies (Diptera) have been reduced to little nubs known as halteres; these function as gyroscopes, allowing flies to perform their astounding aeronautical feats. How and why did these halteres arise? Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, ...

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by lyricen
Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:48 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: evolution - in the details
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