BENHS Online Annual Meeting 2024
All members are invited to join us for the Annual Meeting of the Society on Saturday 24 February 2024, 2.00pm – 4.00pm via Zoom. The first half of the meeting will cover the formal requirements under our charitable status to report on the year just gone and to appoint a new Council for managing the Society for 2024-25, including the election of a new President. The second half of the meeting will comprise a talk by Dr Sam Fabian of Imperial College, London as follows:
Using Slow-Motion Video to Explore Insect Flight Behaviour.
Flight is a key insect innovation. The air around us is filled with insects cruising between different destinations. However, flight is far more than a fast way of making the morning commute. Flight opens a new arena for species to fight, mate, and interact. During my talk, I’ll discuss how we use high-speed videography to reveal fast paced aerial behaviour, including dogfights that push insects against their physical limits. I will also discuss how we can use 3D reconstructions of flightpaths to understand insect solutions to behavioural trade-offs. Finally, I’ll discuss how flight can go wrong for insects, in the case of nocturnal light entrapment. This phenomenon, which has been observed for millennia, can only be understood through the vulnerabilities of the mechanisms that insects use to control their flight.