Courting bugs attract mates using an elastic “snapping organ” for vibrational communication
12 March 2019
Producing vibrations that will travel well along plant material requires the sudden release of mechanical energy – many times faster than could be achieved through direct action of the planthoppers’ tiny muscles.
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About the lead researchers
Leonidas-Romanos Davranoglou - Department of Zoology
Dr Beth Mortimer - Department of Zoology
Prof Graham Taylor – Department of Zoology
Dr Alice Cicirello - Department of Engineering Science