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flightless

(of certain birds and insects) unable to fly
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El Nino and the Evolution of Flightlessness in the Galapagos Flightless Cormorant,' http://www.
Roots, a zoo director, describes the flightlessness of wild birds whose ancestors could fly, including how their abilities changed due to evolution.
1991, Denno 1994, Langellotto 1997), the advantage of flightlessness in males remains poorly investigated.
1989) note this same reliance on ballooning in 13 additional species of female-flightless Lepidoptera in eastern North America, and Hackman (1966) discusses the association of flightlessness and ballooning in 19 families worldwide.
One such characteristic might be flightlessness, because without wings insects may not be able to cross the sea of pines.
We have here a series of oppositions: air/soil, rarified/ earthy, height/depth, Mallarmean flight to other worlds/ Flaubertian bovine flightlessness.