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Surpassing Mt. Everest: extreme flight performance of alpine bumble-bees

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, February 2014
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18 news outlets
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2 blogs
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56 tweeters
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2 Wikipedia pages
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7 Google+ users

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Title
Surpassing Mt. Everest: extreme flight performance of alpine bumble-bees
Published in
Biology Letters, February 2014
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0922
Pubmed ID
Authors

M. E. Dillon, R. Dudley

Abstract

Animal flight at altitude involves substantial aerodynamic and physiological challenges. Hovering at high elevations is particularly demanding from the dual perspectives of lift and power output; nevertheless, some volant insects reside and fly at elevations in excess of 4000 m. Here, we demonstrate that alpine bumble-bees possess substantial aerodynamic reserves, and can sustain hovering flight under hypobaria at effective elevations in excess of 9000 m, i.e. higher than Mt. Everest. Modulation of stroke amplitude and not wingbeat frequency is the primary means of compensation for overcoming the aerodynamic challenge. The presence of such excess capacity in a high-altitude bumble-bee is surprising and suggests intermittent behavioural demands for extreme flight performance supplemental to routine foraging.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 6 6%
United States 4 4%
Poland 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
Austria 1 1%
Unknown 82 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 21%
Student > Master 18 19%
Researcher 16 17%
Student > Bachelor 12 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 22 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 64 67%
Engineering 12 13%
Environmental Science 10 10%
Unspecified 5 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 2%
Other 3 3%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 214. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 February 2019.
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#56,474
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Outputs from Biology Letters
#88
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Outputs of similar age
#969
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Outputs of similar age from Biology Letters
#2
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