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Wings allow movement in viscous solutions: fairy fly

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Fairy Fly Wing close-up / Stephen Luk / LicenseCopyright - All Rights Reserved

Wings of fairy flies allow them to move in relatively viscous solutions by being feathery rather than solid structures.

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Summary
"It's a whole solar-powered flotilla, majestic in the soaring hot air currents…And there are breast-stroke straining fairy flies--creatures so small that ordinary garden air is as thick as water to them, and they maneuver in the up-blast not with wings, but with sticking-out feathery oars." (Bodanis 1992: 119)
About the inspiring organism
Mymaridae
Mymaridae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Could be useful for moving vehicles or objects through thick fluids or gases. Could used for Micro Air Vehicles.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Transportation, surveillance

References
Bodanis, D. 1992. The Secret Garden: Dawn to Dusk in the Astonishing Hidden World of the Garden. Simon & Schuster. 187 p.
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