13 Mar 2019
Paper highlights: Mechanism of vibration generation in planthoppers
Researchers at the Zoology and Engineering Science Departments at the University of Oxford describe how a newly-discovered “snapping organ” enables courting bugs of both sexes to produce this shaking motion through a combination of muscle action and elastic recoil.
Davranoglou L-R, Cicirello A, Taylor GK, Mortimer B (2019) Planthopper bugs use a fast, cyclic elastic recoil mechanism for effective vibrational communication at small body size. PLoS Biol 17(3): e3000155. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000155