Underwater Locomotion in the Desert Locust: Behavioural Choice When Confronted with an Aquatic Barrier

@article{Heitler2005UnderwaterLI,
  title={Underwater Locomotion in the Desert Locust: Behavioural Choice When Confronted with an Aquatic Barrier},
  author={W. J. Heitler and John L. Mitchell and Lesley Dinwiddie},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={18},
  pages={669-683}
}
Laboratory studies have shown that adult desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have a swim motor programme, and early field reports describe swimming by bands of hoppers if their route of march is obstructed by a channel of water. However, it is not known whether unconstrained adult locusts will enter water ‘voluntarily’. We found in the laboratory that not only will locusts readily enter water, but that they frequently submerge themselves completely under the water, and cross a water barrier… CONTINUE READING
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