Flying control for bees described in an article on 4 April 2006. Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have been studying how orchid bees fly, and they noticed that the bees leave their legs projecting out from their bodies rather than tucking them in. A team led by Stacey Combes were able to get bees to fly in a wind tunnel so they could simulate different speeds of flight. They found that to achieve maximum speed the bees pitched forward and extended their hind legs so that the legs produced lift forces on either side that helped prevent them from rolling. Coombes explained: “The hind legs resemble airplane wings, which probably explains why they also generate lift.” The research could be used to help design miniature flying machines to be used in search and rescue missions.

Editorial Comment: If aeronautical engineers do manage to design a miniature flying machine that works the same way as the bee, no-one will think that it came about by chance random processes. Therefore, it is foolish to claim that the bee came about by chance random processes. All our observations of turning non-flying objects into devices that can fly show that it takes creative design and engineering to make anything fly. So give God the glory that is due to his name. (Ref. engineering, aeronautics, insects)

Evidence News 30 August 2006