Mechanosensory-induced behavioural gregarization in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria

@article{Rogers2003MechanosensoryinducedBG,
  title={Mechanosensory-induced behavioural gregarization in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria},
  author={Stephen M Rogers and Thomas Matheson and Emma Despland and Tim Dodgson and Malcolm Burrows and Stephen James 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… 

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