The Insect FlyteMill is a device that will allow one to measure the periodicity, distance and speed of flight of an insect. The flight mill works by using a magnetic levitation with Teflon bearings minimizing friction. The counter balanced arm also reduces friction to allow free flight. A sensor at the top of the Delrin Stem detects the passage of a small magnet near the base of the Teflon bearing when the mill is spun.
The FlytMill can be used to measure the impact of various influences on the insect dispersal when used in paired comparisons such as the effects of age, diet, temperature, wind speed or pesticide exposure. This is a valuable technique for evaluating the sublethal effects of various pesticides. Conversely, we can also study the effect of flight on various life parameters such as fecundity.
It is recommended to use LabView and a third party data acquisition card. The Software and data acquisition card are currently not supplied by Crist Instrument