Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Quick getaway: How flies escape a looming predator

Date:
June 8, 2014

Source:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Summary:
Every millisecond counts when a fruit fly is being hunted by a damselfly. Scientists find that fruit flies can deploy two escape behaviors, depending on circumstances. New research reveals how a quick-escape circuit in the fly's brain overrides the fly's slower, more controlled behavior when a threat becomes urgent.


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