Putative functions and functional efficiency of ordered cuticular nanoarrays on insect wings.

  title={Putative functions and functional efficiency of ordered cuticular nanoarrays on insect wings.},
  author={Gregory S Watson and Sverre Myhra and Bronwen W. Cribb and Jolanta A Watson},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  volume={94 8},
The putative functions and functional efficiencies of periodic nanostructures on the surface of cicada wings have been investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) used as a tool for imaging, manipulation, and probing of adhesion. The structures consist of hexagonal close-packed protrusions with a lateral spacing of approximately 200 nm and may have multiple functionalities. Not only do the structures confer survival value by virtue of camouflage, but they may also serve as antiwetting and… CONTINUE READING

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