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Honey bee gait on vertical wall walking straight

Honey bee gait on vertical wall walking straight

In this diagram of honey bee locomotion, the bee’s legs are labelled as right or left (R or L, respectively), and as the front, middle or rear leg pair (1, 2 or 3, respectively). When moving in a straight line, honey bees walk in a tripod gait with three feet touching the ground at all times (two on one side and one on the other). When moving forward four steps (as illustrated at right), alternating feet touch down, and the insect’s body sways from one side to the other. (Image originally published in Zhao et al 2018, Journal of Insect Science)

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