The hind wing of the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria Forskål). I. Functional morphology and mode of operation.

@article{Wootton2000TheHW,
  title={The hind wing of the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria Forsk{\aa}l). I. Functional morphology and mode of operation.},
  author={Robin J. Wootton and Kenneth E. Evans and R C Herbert and Ch W. Smith},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2000},
  volume={203 Pt 19},
  pages={2921-31}
}
Detailed morphological investigation, mechanical testing and high-speed cinematography and stroboscopic examination of desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, in flight show that their hind wings are adapted to deform cyclically and automatically through the wing stroke and that the deformations are subtly dependent on the wings' structure: their shape, venation and vein design and the local properties of the membrane. The insects predominantly fly fast forwards, generating most force on the… CONTINUE READING