Posted by: Rob Lester | September 13, 2010

Bees have no business being able to fly

A myth has persisted since the early 1900’s that bees should not be able to fly, although they clearly do.  Principles of aerodynamics, laws of physics, and wing size versus weight ratio all say it should be impossible.  Oxford University scientists conducted tests in a wind tunnel to study bee flight.  They used high-speed cameras taking up to 2,000 frames per second and smoke to study vortices made by wings.  They found that bee flight is quite inefficient.  Although they flap their wings 200 times a second(!) they do not use the entire surface of the wing to generate lift.  They also found that the wings do not operate simultaneously but flap independently.  This is not ideal for flight. Darwinists might point to this inefficiency as evidence against intelligent design. Not so fast.  In the study, they also found that the independently operating wings allowed for much tighter control in quick turns.  Bees apparently sacrifice efficiency on paper for greater maneuverability.  This is important when zipping from flower to flower.  Bees also live on the nectar they gather, which is a high-energy food.  Therefore, they are not very concerned with wasting energy with inefficient flying.  Their flight pattern is perfectly suited to their existence. One scientist commented that, “We often assume that animals are flying in a way…so they’re not wasting any energy.”  It shows how often human assumptions can be wrong.  Data from this study is being used by military researchers to design tiny flying ‘spies’ which can maneuver into tight places. Once again, we see man trying to copy from the Master Designer.  Everything works just as He created it to. Just as we read that it was “very good” in Genesis chapter one.

“Flight of the Bumblebee: Inefficient But Precise” by Emily Sohn          Discovery News May 21, 2009

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