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The heavyweight champion?

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PhysicoRaj
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May4-12, 12:43 AM
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Which animal's (bird or insect) wings produce the highest amount of lift, despite having short wingspan or a fat body (proportional to it's wings' size)??
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May4-12, 12:50 AM
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maybe the hummingbird.
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May4-12, 01:42 AM
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May be. But have a look at this. (you may have seen this before). But what kind of an insect is this?(refer this link)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPtGFyR6Hgo

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May4-12, 02:16 AM
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The heavyweight champion?

Your insect is closely related to this squirrel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWA1vKmSNQ

Or, in other words - video you posted has nothing to do with the reality.
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May4-12, 02:34 AM
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So there can't be any insect with that much lift.....right?
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Yes.
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I have the answer: Dumbo!
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May4-12, 11:16 AM
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Having spent some down-time between jobs around the Gulf coast, I was quite impressed with the flying capabilities of the brown pelican. They are pretty massive-looking birds, and as they feed they are scooping up lots of salt water to get to the schools of small fish that they feed on. Impressive, strong fliers.

I expect though that the outliers will be in the realm of insects, though. Each summer, I anticipate the return of the assassin bugs, which can kill and lug off bumblebees that appear to be much more massive than they are.


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