Mechanosensory-induced behavioural gregarization in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria

@article{Rogers2003MechanosensoryinducedBG,
  title={Mechanosensory-induced behavioural gregarization in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria},
  author={S. M. Rogers and T. Matheson and E. Despland and T. Dodgson and M. Burrows and S. Simpson},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2003},
  volume={206},
  pages={3991 - 4002}
}
SUMMARY Desert locusts show an extreme form of phenotypic plasticity, changing between a cryptic solitarious phase and a swarming gregarious phase that differ in many aspects of behaviour, physiology and appearance. Solitarious locusts show rapid behavioural phase change in response to tactile stimulation directed to the hind femora. Repeatedly touching as little as one quarter of the anterior (outer) surface area of a hind femur produced full behavioural gregarization within 4 h. Solitarious… Expand
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