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Desert ants, Cataglyphis, navigate in their vast desert habitat by path integration. They continuously integrate directions steered (as determined by their celestial compass) and distances traveled, gauged by as-yet-unknown mechanisms. Here we test the hypothesis that navigating ants measure distances traveled by using some kind of step integrator, or "step(More)
Desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, search for a repeatedly visited food source by employing a combined olfactory and anemotactic orientation strategy (in addition to their visually based path-integration scheme). This behaviour was investigated by video-tracking consecutive foraging trips of individually marked ants under a variety of experimental conditions,(More)
In the new debate on arthropod phylogeny, structure and development of the nervous system provide important arguments. The architecture of the brain of Hexapoda, Crustacea and Chelicerata in recent years has been thoroughly compared against an evolutionary background. However, comparative aspects of the nervous systems in these taxa at the cellular level(More)
In the present study, the tarsal attachment pads (euplantulae) of two stick insect species (Phasmatodea) were compared. While the euplantulae of Cuniculina impigra (syn. Medauroidea extradentata) are smooth, those of Carausius morosus bear small nubs on their surfaces. In order to characterize the adhesive and frictional properties of both types of(More)
The activity of flight interneurons was recorded intracellularly in intact, tethered flying locusts (Locusta migratoria) and after removal of sensory input from the wing receptors. Depolarization patterns and spike discharges were characterized and compared for the two situations. In general, depressor interneurons (n=6) showed only minor changes in their(More)
The sensory system plays a key role in the generation of behavior by providing the nervous system with information about the environment and feedback about body movements such that motor output can continuously be adapted to changing circumstances. Although the effects of sensory organs on nervous system function have been demonstrated in many systems, the(More)
Pymetrozine is a neuroactive insecticide but its site of action in the nervous system is unknown. Based on previous studies of symptoms in the locust, the feedback loop controlling the femur-tibia joint of the middle leg was chosen to examine possible targets of the insecticide. The femoral chordotonal organ, which monitors joint position and movement,(More)
To assess energetic costs during rest and locomotion in a small insect, we measured metabolic rate in freely moving ants Camponotus sp. (average body mass 11.9 mg). The animals ran in a straight respirometric chamber in which locomotor speed and CO2 release were monitored simultaneously using flow-through respirometry and conventional video analysis. In(More)
In freely moving grasshoppers of the acridid speciesChorthippus biguttulus summated nerve potentials were recorded from the neck connectives by means of chronically implanted hook electrodes. The spikes of two auditory interneurons could be identified in these recordings, these were the G1- and the B1-neuron, respectively (Wolf 1986). During a long series(More)
BACKGROUND This report deals with the advantages and disadvantages associated with the most commonly used methods of stabilization after a pathologic fracture of the humerus shaft. PATIENTS A total of 39 patients with 41 metastatic lesions and pathologic fractures of the humerus, treated surgically between 1992 and 2007, were retrospectively analyzed. (More)