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The heavyweight champion?

  1. May 4, 2012 #1

    PhysicoRaj

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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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  3. May 4, 2012 #2

    jedishrfu

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    maybe the hummingbird.
     
  4. May 4, 2012 #3

    PhysicoRaj

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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
     
  5. May 4, 2012 #4

    Borek

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    Your insect is closely related to this squirrel:



    Or, in other words - video you posted has nothing to do with the reality.
     
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  6. May 4, 2012 #5

    PhysicoRaj

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    So there can't be any insect with that much lift.....right?
     
  7. May 4, 2012 #6

    Borek

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    Yes.
     
  8. May 4, 2012 #7

    jedishrfu

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    I have the answer: Dumbo!
     
  9. May 4, 2012 #8

    turbo

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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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