September 14th, 2013

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Interacting Gears Synchronize Propulsive Leg Movements in a Jumping Insect

Interacting Gears Synchronize Propulsive Leg Movements in a Jumping Insect

Many small insects are impressive jumpers, but large leaps and small bodies pose biomechanical challenges. Burrows and Sutton (p. 1254) show that the nymphal planthopper Issus has interlocking gears on their hindleg trochanters that act together to cock the legs synchronously before triggering forwa...

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 15 Sep 2013, 00:11

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