An integrative study of insect adhesion: mechanics and wet adhesion of pretarsal pads in ants.

@article{Federle2002AnIS,
  title={An integrative study of insect adhesion: mechanics and wet adhesion of pretarsal pads in ants.},
  author={Walter Federle and Mathis Riehle and Adam S. G. Curtis and Robert J. Full},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={42 6},
  pages={1100-6}
}
Many animals that locomote by legs possess adhesive pads. Such organs are rapidly releasable and adhesive forces can be controlled during walking and running. This capacity results from the interaction of adhesive with complex mechanical systems. Here we present an integrative study of the mechanics and adhesion of smooth attachment pads (arolia) in Asian Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina). Arolia can be unfolded and folded back with each step. They are extended either actively by contraction… CONTINUE READING
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