Motor activity and trajectory control during escape jumping in the locust Locusta migratoria

@article{Santer2005MotorAA,
  title={Motor activity and trajectory control during escape jumping in the locust Locusta migratoria},
  author={R. Santer and Y. Yamawaki and F. Rind and P. Simmons},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2005},
  volume={191},
  pages={965-975}
}
We investigated the escape jumps that locusts produce in response to approaching objects. Hindleg muscular activity during an escape jump is similar to that during a defensive kick. Locusts can direct their escape jumps up to 50° either side of the direction of their long axis at the time of hindleg flexion, allowing them to consistently jump away from the side towards which an object is approaching. Variation in jump trajectory is achieved by rolling and yawing movements of the body that are… Expand
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