Mirrored chamber reflects insect wing motion

2019-03-02 10:16:06

It is the ultimate in reflected glory – if you are a blowfly, dragonfly or locust, that is. A mirrored chamber dubbed the Narcissus Room is giving entomologists unprecedented views of insect wing motion. Insect flight has traditionally been studied by attaching an insect to a stick and filming its wing motion using eight high-speed digital video cameras. This ensures the wing motions are accurately captured. However, the cameras cost about £50,000 each, making such experiments unaffordable for many research teams. Now Richard Bomphrey at the University of Oxford has worked out how to do the job with one camera,