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The influence of surface energy on the self-cleaning of insect adhesive devices

Orchard, M J; Kohonen, Mika; Humphries, S


The ability of insects to adhere to surfaces is facilitated by the use of adhesive organs found on the terminal leg segments. These adhesive pads are inherently 'tacky' and are expected to be subject to contamination by particulates, leading to loss of function. Here, we investigated the self-cleaning of ants and beetles by comparing the abilities of both hairy and smooth pad forms to selfclean on both high and low energy surfaces after being fouled with microspheres of two sizes and surface...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.063339


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