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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just for fun: Insects with gears

You thought humans had invented interlocking gears. Tell that to the planthopper Issus coeleoptratus. Here's an extreme close-up of the insect's nether regions.

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Gears on an insect's leg, as viewed from below. Credit: Malcolm Burrows


A close-up of the planthopper's gears. Credit: Malcolm Burrows
A close-up of the planthopper’s gears. Credit: Malcolm Burrows


You can see the gears in action below:



To find out how they use these gears (hint, these insects are called planthoppers)  check out Ed Yong's post at Not Exactly Rocket Science.