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Effect of particulate contamination on adhesive ability and repellence in two species of ant (Hymenoptera; Formicidae)

Anyon, Matthew J.; Orchard, M J; Buzza, David M. A.; Humphries, S; Kohonen, Mika


Tarsal adhesive pads are crucial for the ability of insects to traverse their natural environment. Previous studies have demonstrated that for both hairy and smooth adhesive pads, significant reduction in adhesion can occur because of contamination of these pads by wax crystals present on plant surfaces or synthetic microspheres. In this paper, we focus on the smooth adhesive pads of ants and study systematically how particulate contamination and the subsequent loss of adhesion depends on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.063578


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