Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Flight Mills Studies

How far does a moth fly? Do pesticides effect the spread (dispersal) of insects? Does wind speed effect how far an insect can fly?  These are just a few questions that can be answered using a Flight Mill. A flight mill is a device that allows you to measure the speed, distance and periodicity of flight of an insect. This is just one of many studies conducted at the Insect Ecology and Behavior Laboratory at WSU's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, WA.

The video shows graduate student Teah Smith demonstrating how a moth is attached to the flight mill. The original design of this device is credited to Dr. Steve Naranjo of the USDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, AZ.

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