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J Exp Biol (2012) 215 (22): 3965–3972.
Published: 15 November 2012
... their stickiness over time. Here, we show in two experiments that the toe pads of White's tree frogs ( Litoria caerulea ) quickly recover from contamination through a self-cleaning mechanism. We compared adhesive forces prior to and after contamination of (1) the whole animal on a rotatable platform and (2...
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J Exp Biol (2012) 215 (2): 279–286.
Published: 15 January 2012
... of function. Here, we investigated the self-cleaning of ants and beetles by comparing the abilities of both hairy and smooth pad forms to self-clean on both high and low energy surfaces after being fouled with microspheres of two sizes and surface energies. We focused on the time taken to regain adhesive...
J Exp Biol (2011) 214 (13): 2157–2163.
Published: 1 July 2011
... area for water adhesion, suggesting a potential trade-off between colour and hydrophobicity. Using light microscopy, spectrometry, contact angle goniometry and self-cleaning experiments, we show that iridescent feathers of mallards, Anas platyrhynchos , are less hydrophobic than adjacent non-iridescent...
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J Exp Biol (2010) 213 (4): 635–642.
Published: 15 February 2010
... structures, but it is possible that self-cleaning properties also play an important role. We measured attachment forces of insect pads on glass after contamination with microspheres and found that both smooth pads (stick insects: Carausius morosus ) and hairy pads (dock beetles: Gastrophysa viridula...