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 FlyteMill can be used to measure the impact many environmental factors and pesticides on various flying insects
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