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Sexual dimorphism in the attachment ability of the Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to rough substrates.
TLDR
The results indicate that the female adhesive system has its main functional trait in a stronger specialisation to rough plant surfaces whereas the adhesive system of males possess a certain trade-off between attachment to Rough plant surfaces during locomotion on vegetation and to the smooth surface of the female elytra, while mating. Expand
Plant surface–bug interactions: Dicyphus errans stalking along trichomes
TLDR
It is concluded that hairy plants provide a more suitable environment for D. errans than either smooth ones or those covered with wax crystals, and Bugs performed considerably better on hairy surfaces where a significant positive correlation between the force and both the trichome length and diameter was found. Expand
Tomato-aphid-hoverfly: a tritrophic interaction incompatible for pest management
TLDR
It is suggested that proprieties of the plant surface, specifically trichomes, are a key factor contributing to reduced efficacy of E. balteatus as a biological agent for aphid control on tomatoes. Expand
Locomotion in a sticky terrain
TLDR
It is demonstrated that the bugs’ morphology and locomotory characteristics also contribute to their specialisation for life on the adhesive plant surface, and two locomotion strategies on the glandular hairy plant surfaces are suggested. Expand
Leaf surface structures enable the endemic Namib desert grass Stipagrostis sabulicola to irrigate itself with fog water
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The Namib grass Stipagrostis sabulicola relies, to a large degree, upon fog for its water supply and is able to guide collected water towards the plant base, which allows an efficient and rapid uptake of the fog water by the shallow roots. Expand
Attachment force of the beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) on leaflet surfaces of mutants of the pea Pisum sativum (Fabaceae) with regular and reduced wax coverage
TLDR
It is demonstrated that the difference in the crystal length and density of the epicuticular wax coverage within the observed range did not influence wettability of surfaces, but affected insect attachment. Expand
An insect trap as habitat: cohesion-failure mechanism prevents adhesion of Pameridea roridulae bugs to the sticky surface of the plant Roridula gorgonias
  • D. Voigt, S. Gorb
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 15 August 2008
TLDR
Results indicate that, when trapping prey, the plant adhesive might form proper contact with solid islands of the insect cuticle that are free of epicuticular grease. Expand
Always on the bright side: the climbing mechanism of Galium aparine
TLDR
The leaves of G. aparine can function as attachment organs, and simultaneously orient themselves advantageously for their photosynthetic function, and results in a ratchet mechanism. Expand
Egg attachment of the asparagus beetle Crioceris asparagi to the crystalline waxy surface of Asparagus officinalis
  • D. Voigt, S. Gorb
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 March 2010
TLDR
The hypothesis that the mechanism of insect egg adhesion on micro- and nanostructured hydrophobic plant surfaces is related to the proteinaceous nature of adhesive secretions of insect eggs is supported. Expand
On the laboratory rearing of green dock leaf beetles Gastrophysa viridula (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
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The present communication suggests a modular space- and time-saving rearing method of G. viridula in stackable faunariums under laboratory conditions, which has been successfully established and continuously used over the last 5 years. Expand
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