Origin and Evolution of Flight
Theory (Origin and Evolution Continued)
Relationship Between Insect Flight and Thermoregulation
Body Size, Metabolism, Wing Length, Body Temperature
Thermoregulation in various Insects

Created By:

James Harden

Numerous studies have illustrated the evolution of insect flight as a both a response mechanism to changes in the environment and even an unnecessary by-product of adjusting to ever-changing niches. Insects with wings were able to overcome environmental selective pressures and thrive. The evolution of wings provided new venues of thermoregulation such as increased core temperatures from muscle contraction and a whole new means of convective cooling through the venous wings.

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(A Tau Emerald (Hemicordulia tau) dragonfly in flight)

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This website was created as a part of a class project in the
Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College


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