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Ultrastructure of dragonfly wing veins: composite structure of fibrous material supplemented by resilin
Dragonflies count among the most skilful of the flying insects. Their exceptional aerodynamic performance has been the subject of various studies. Morphological and kinematic investigations haveExpand
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Variable assessment of wing colouration in aerial contests of the red-winged damselfly Mnesarete pudica (Zygoptera, Calopterygidae)
Wing pigmentation is a trait that predicts the outcome of male contests in some damselflies. Thus, it is reasonable to suppose that males would have the ability to assess wing pigmentation and adjustExpand
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Morphological studies of the toe pads of the rock frog, Staurois parvus (family: Ranidae) and their relevance to the development of new biomimetically inspired reversible adhesives
The morphology of the toe epithelium of the rock frog, Staurois parvus (Family Ranidae), was investigated using a variety of microscopical techniques. The toe pad epithelium is stratified (four toExpand
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Comparative functional morphology of vein joints in Odonata
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Mechanism of the wing colouration in the dragonfly Zenithoptera lanei (Odonata: Libellulidae) and its role in intraspecific communication.
Zenithoptera dragonflies are known for their remarkable bluish colouration on their wings and unique male behaviour of folding and unfolding their wings while perching. However, nothing is knownExpand
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Structural coloration predicts the outcome of male contests in the Amazonian damselfly Chalcopteryx scintillans (Odonata: Polythoridae).
Iridescence is an optical effect that produces angle dependent coloration in animals. Recently, studies have attempted to unveil structures behind such elaborated visual signals and associatedExpand
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Functional diversity of resilin in Arthropoda
Resilin is an elastomeric protein typically occurring in exoskeletons of arthropods. It is composed of randomly orientated coiled polypeptide chains that are covalently cross-linked together atExpand
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Effect of microstructure on the mechanical and damping behaviour of dragonfly wing veins
Insect wing veins are biological composites of chitin and protein arranged in a complex lamellar configuration. Although these hierarchical structures are found in many ‘venous wings' of insects,Expand
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Resilin-bearing wing vein joints in the dragonfly Epiophlebia superstes.
  • E. Appel, S. Gorb
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Bioinspiration & biomimetics
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In this study, we compared the dorsal and ventral patterns of three vein joint types and three types of resilin patches in the wings of the dragonfly Epiophlebia superstes. The joint types wereExpand
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A comparative study of the effects of vein-joints on the mechanical behaviour of insect wings: I. Single joints.
The flight performance of insects is strongly affected by the deformation of the wing during a stroke cycle. Many insects therefore use both active and passive mechanisms to control the deformationExpand
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