Saturday, May 7, 2016

Close-up of sucker demon, self-propelling through air

Sucker demons are small; therefore, watch these videos in HD only.

For the most part, every video of a sucker demon in flight [see VIDEO/PICS | Sucker demons buzz camera, poisoning by radiation (finally) captured on video] has shown nothing more than what looks like moths flitting through the air, differing from them only in their unusual flight pattern [see Sucker demon makes a U-turn; see also Demonic Lightning Bug] and, of course, their propensity towards violence [see Minutiae detection solutions needed for small entities' attacks; see also Finding sucker-demon attacks in digital media]. If you wanted to know how they undulate or oscillate (or whatever) their worm-like bodies to take and sustain flight, you had to extrapolate between theory and fact, suffering greatly with respect to the latter.
NOTE | Wanting to know how a sucker demon flaps its wings stems from more than just a curiosity [see Sucker demons fly like some fish swim]; there is nothing in our nature like it. It's brand-new.
Changing that may start with a new video made just last night, with shows far better detail of a sucker demon in flight, and, thus, how they maneuver in the air:

Obviously, it's the unusually large sucker demon that promises the most data on their ability to fly, which can be seen swapping his front end with his back when making a turn. That's how science has theorized turns are made by a wingless fuselage.

Images acquired subsequent to the original posting date likely show how a "tail" is oscillated to produce flight (or, at least, propulsion)

This new discovery explains how sucker demons can make such sharp turns in the air (vs. the languid ones shown in the new video), which are shown best in this older video:

You'll also note that, in the new video, the sucker demons seem to come from behind the door, and then straight through it. The following video was processed in such a way as to reveal one of the holes they travel through, which is otherwise invisible to the naked eye: