Control of Escape Behavior by Descending Neurons in Drosophila Melanogaster

Martin Peek
To avoid predation, nervous systems detect looming motion cues from a predator's approach to generate evasive responses . Looming-sensitive visual neurons and escape-evoking giant neurons have been identified in mobile species across the animal kingdom \cite{eaton1984}. In flies, escape is composed of a sequence of movements to initiate flight: freezing, postural adjustment, wing elevation and wing depression with leg extension. These sub-behaviors determine critical properties of the escape. Postural shifts determine escape direction \cite{card2008b}. The...
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