The Evolution of Tarsal Adhesive Microstructures in Stick and Leaf Insects (Phasmatodea)

@article{Bscher2018TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Tarsal Adhesive Microstructures in Stick and Leaf Insects (Phasmatodea)},
  author={Thies H B{\"u}scher and T. R. Buckley and Constanze Grohmann and S. Gorb and Sven Bradler},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution},
  year={2018},
  volume={6}
}
Insects have developed specialized structures on their feet for adhering to surfaces, with stick and leaf insects or Phasmatodea exhibiting an unexpectedly high diversity of these structures. In Phasmatodea, attachment on different substrates is achieved by two types of pads on the legs: the euplantulae on the tarsomeres and the arolium on the pretarsus. The euplantulae are adhesive structures capable of adaptability to the substrate profile and generation of the required attachment strength… Expand
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