Abstract The purpose of this study is to determine computationally tractable models describing the lateral–directional motion of a Drosophila-like dipteran insect, which may then be used to estimate the requirements for flight control and stabilization. This study continues the work begun in Faruque and Humbert (2010) to extend the quasi-steady aerodynamics model via inclusion of perturbations from the hover state. The aerodynamics model is considered as forcing upon rigid body dynamics, and frequency-based system identification tools used to derive the models. The analysis indicates two stable real poles, and two very lightly damped and nearly unstable complex poles describing a decoupling of roll/sideslip oscillatory motion from a first order subsidence yaw behavior. The results are presented with uncertainty variation for both a smaller male and larger female phenotype.