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The mechanics of nectar offloading in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris and implications for optimal concentrations during nectar foraging.

Pattrick JG, Symington HA, Federle W, Glover BJ.

J R Soc Interface. 2020 Jan;17(162):20190632. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0632. Epub 2020 Jan 22.


Shear-sensitive adhesion enables size-independent adhesive performance in stick insects.

Labonte D, Struecker MY, Birn-Jeffery AV, Federle W.

Proc Biol Sci. 2019 Oct 23;286(1913):20191327. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1327. Epub 2019 Oct 23.


Dynamic biological adhesion: mechanisms for controlling attachment during locomotion.

Federle W, Labonte D.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2019 Oct 28;374(1784):20190199. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0199. Epub 2019 Sep 9.


Venus flytrap trigger hairs are micronewton mechano-sensors that can detect small insect prey.

Scherzer S, Federle W, Al-Rasheid KAS, Hedrich R.

Nat Plants. 2019 Jul;5(7):670-675. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0465-1. Epub 2019 Jul 8.


Strong Wet and Dry Adhesion by Cupped Microstructures.

Wang Y, Kang V, Arzt E, Federle W, Hensel R.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Jul 24;11(29):26483-26490. doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b07969. Epub 2019 Jul 9.


Froghoppers jump from smooth plant surfaces by piercing them with sharp spines.

Goetzke HH, Pattrick JG, Federle W.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Feb 19;116(8):3012-3017. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1814183116. Epub 2019 Feb 4.


Scaling of claw sharpness: mechanical constraints reduce attachment performance in larger insects.

Pattrick JG, Labonte D, Federle W.

J Exp Biol. 2018 Dec 12;221(Pt 24). pii: jeb188391. doi: 10.1242/jeb.188391.


Coping with the climate: cuticular hydrocarbon acclimation of ants under constant and fluctuating conditions.

Sprenger PP, Burkert LH, Abou B, Federle W, Menzel F.

J Exp Biol. 2018 May 11;221(Pt 9). pii: jeb171488. doi: 10.1242/jeb.171488.


Jumping without slipping: leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) possess special tarsal structures for jumping from smooth surfaces.

Clemente CJ, Goetzke HH, Bullock JMR, Sutton GP, Burrows M, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2017 May;14(130). pii: 20170022. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0022.


Biomechanics of shear-sensitive adhesion in climbing animals: peeling, pre-tension and sliding-induced changes in interface strength.

Labonte D, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2016 Sep;13(122). pii: 20160373. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0373.


Elasto-capillarity in insect fibrillar adhesion.

Gernay S, Federle W, Lambert P, Gilet T.

J R Soc Interface. 2016 Aug;13(121). pii: 20160371. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0371.


Extreme positive allometry of animal adhesive pads and the size limits of adhesion-based climbing.

Labonte D, Clemente CJ, Dittrich A, Kuo CY, Crosby AJ, Irschick DJ, Federle W.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 2;113(5):1297-302. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519459113. Epub 2016 Jan 19.


Functional morphology and efficiency of the antenna cleaner in Camponotus rufifemur ants.

Hackmann A, Delacave H, Robinson A, Labonte D, Federle W.

R Soc Open Sci. 2015 Jul 22;2(7):150129. doi: 10.1098/rsos.150129. eCollection 2015 Jul.


On Heels and Toes: How Ants Climb with Adhesive Pads and Tarsal Friction Hair Arrays.

Endlein T, Federle W.

PLoS One. 2015 Nov 11;10(11):e0141269. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141269. eCollection 2015.


Rate-dependence of 'wet' biological adhesives and the function of the pad secretion in insects.

Labonte D, Federle W.

Soft Matter. 2015 Nov 28;11(44):8661-73. doi: 10.1039/c5sm01496d.


Effect of shear forces and ageing on the compliance of adhesive pads in adult cockroaches.

Zhou Y, Robinson A, Viney C, Federle W.

J Exp Biol. 2015 Sep;218(Pt 17):2775-81. doi: 10.1242/jeb.124362. Epub 2015 Jul 23.


Mechanotransduction: use the force(s).

Paluch EK, Nelson CM, Biais N, Fabry B, Moeller J, Pruitt BL, Wollnik C, Kudryasheva G, Rehfeldt F, Federle W.

BMC Biol. 2015 Jul 4;13:47. doi: 10.1186/s12915-015-0150-4.


How to catch more prey with less effective traps: explaining the evolution of temporarily inactive traps in carnivorous pitcher plants.

Bauer U, Federle W, Seidel H, Grafe TU, Ioannou CC.

Proc Biol Sci. 2015 Feb 22;282(1801):20142675. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2675.


Scaling and biomechanics of surface attachment in climbing animals.

Labonte D, Federle W.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015 Feb 5;370(1661):20140027. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0027. Review.


Enhanced adhesion of bioinspired nanopatterned elastomers via colloidal surface assembly.

Akerboom S, Appel J, Labonte D, Federle W, Sprakel J, Kamperman M.

J R Soc Interface. 2015 Jan 6;12(102):20141061. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1061.


Insect adhesion on rough surfaces: analysis of adhesive contact of smooth and hairy pads on transparent microstructured substrates.

Zhou Y, Robinson A, Steiner U, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2014 Sep 6;11(98):20140499. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0499.


Surface contact and design of fibrillar 'friction pads' in stick insects (Carausius morosus): mechanisms for large friction coefficients and negligible adhesion.

Labonte D, Williams JA, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2014 Feb 19;11(94):20140034. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0034. Print 2014 May 6. Erratum in: J R Soc Interface. 2014 Jun 6;11(95):20140192.


Bio-inspired hierarchical polymer fiber-carbon nanotube adhesives.

Rong Z, Zhou Y, Chen B, Robertson J, Federle W, Hofmann S, Steiner U, Goldberg-Oppenheimer P.

Adv Mater. 2014 Mar 5;26(9):1456-61. doi: 10.1002/adma.201304601. Epub 2013 Dec 11.


A novel type of nutritional ant-plant interaction: ant partners of carnivorous pitcher plants prevent nutrient export by dipteran pitcher infauna.

Scharmann M, Thornham DG, Grafe TU, Federle W.

PLoS One. 2013 May 22;8(5):e63556. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063556. Print 2013.


Rapid preflexes in smooth adhesive pads of insects prevent sudden detachment.

Endlein T, Federle W.

Proc Biol Sci. 2013 Feb 27;280(1757):20122868. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2868. Print 2013 Apr 22.


Sticking like sticky tape: tree frogs use friction forces to enhance attachment on overhanging surfaces.

Endlein T, Ji A, Samuel D, Yao N, Wang Z, Barnes WJ, Federle W, Kappl M, Dai Z.

J R Soc Interface. 2013 Jan 16;10(80):20120838. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0838. Print 2013 Mar 6.


How load-carrying ants avoid falling over: mechanical stability during foraging in Atta vollenweideri grass-cutting ants.

Moll K, Roces F, Federle W.

PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e52816. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052816. Epub 2013 Jan 2.


Biomechanics of plant-insect interactions.

Whitney HM, Federle W.

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2013 Feb;16(1):105-11. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2012.11.008. Epub 2013 Jan 1. Review.


'Insect aquaplaning' on a superhydrophilic hairy surface: how Heliamphora nutans Benth. pitcher plants capture prey.

Bauer U, Scharmann M, Skepper J, Federle W.

Proc Biol Sci. 2012 Dec 19;280(1753):20122569. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2569. Print 2013 Feb 22.


Mechanisms of self-cleaning in fluid-based smooth adhesive pads of insects.

Clemente CJ, Federle W.

Bioinspir Biomim. 2012 Dec;7(4):046001. doi: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046001. Epub 2012 Jul 3.


With a flick of the lid: a novel trapping mechanism in Nepenthes gracilis pitcher plants.

Bauer U, Di Giusto B, Skepper J, Grafe TU, Federle W.

PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38951. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038951. Epub 2012 Jun 13.


Ants swimming in pitcher plants: kinematics of aquatic and terrestrial locomotion in Camponotus schmitzi.

Bohn HF, Thornham DG, Federle W.

J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2012 Jun;198(6):465-76. doi: 10.1007/s00359-012-0723-4. Epub 2012 Apr 17.


In vivo dynamics of the internal fibrous structure in smooth adhesive pads of insects.

Dirks JH, Li M, Kabla A, Federle W.

Acta Biomater. 2012 Jul;8(7):2730-6. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2012.04.008. Epub 2012 Apr 9.


The energetics of running stability: costs of transport in grass-cutting ants depend on fragment shape.

Moll K, Federle W, Roces F.

J Exp Biol. 2012 Jan 1;215(Pt 1):161-8. doi: 10.1242/jeb.063594.


Form follows function: morphological diversification and alternative trapping strategies in carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants.

Bauer U, Clemente CJ, Renner T, Federle W.

J Evol Biol. 2012 Jan;25(1):90-102. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02406.x. Epub 2011 Oct 25.


Arachnids secrete a fluid over their adhesive pads.

Peattie AM, Dirks JH, Henriques S, Federle W.

PLoS One. 2011;6(5):e20485. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020485. Epub 2011 May 26.


Beetle adhesive hairs differ in stiffness and stickiness: in vivo adhesion measurements on individual setae.

Bullock JM, Federle W.

Naturwissenschaften. 2011 May;98(5):381-7. doi: 10.1007/s00114-011-0781-4. Epub 2011 Apr 5.


Evidence for alternative trapping strategies in two forms of the pitcher plant, Nepenthes rafflesiana.

Bauer U, Grafe TU, Federle W.

J Exp Bot. 2011 Jun;62(10):3683-92. doi: 10.1093/jxb/err082. Epub 2011 Mar 31.


Mechanisms of fluid production in smooth adhesive pads of insects.

Dirks JH, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2011 Jul 6;8(60):952-60. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2010.0575. Epub 2011 Jan 5.


Foraging grass-cutting ants (Atta vollenweideri) maintain stability by balancing their loads with controlled head movements.

Moll K, Roces F, Federle W.

J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2010 Jul;196(7):471-80. doi: 10.1007/s00359-010-0535-3. Epub 2010 May 16.


Evidence for self-cleaning in fluid-based smooth and hairy adhesive systems of insects.

Clemente CJ, Bullock JM, Beale A, Federle W.

J Exp Biol. 2010 Feb 15;213(4):635-42. doi: 10.1242/jeb.038232.


The insect-trapping rim of Nepenthes pitchers: surface structure and function.

Bauer U, Federle W.

Plant Signal Behav. 2009 Nov;4(11):1019-23. Epub 2009 Nov 25. Review.


Impact of chemical manipulation of tarsal liquids on attachment in the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata.

Geiselhardt SF, Federle W, PrĂ¼m B, Geiselhardt S, Lamm S, Peschke K.

J Insect Physiol. 2010 Apr;56(4):398-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2009.11.016. Epub 2009 Dec 5.


Insect tricks: two-phasic foot pad secretion prevents slipping.

Dirks JH, Clemente CJ, Federle W.

J R Soc Interface. 2010 Apr 6;7(45):587-93. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0308. Epub 2009 Sep 15.


Friction ridges in cockroach climbing pads: anisotropy of shear stress measured on transparent, microstructured substrates.

Clemente CJ, Dirks JH, Barbero DR, Steiner U, Federle W.

J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2009 Sep;195(9):805-14. doi: 10.1007/s00359-009-0457-0. Epub 2009 Jul 1.


Effect of pitcher age on trapping efficiency and natural prey capture in carnivorous Nepenthes rafflesiana plants.

Bauer U, Willmes C, Federle W.

Ann Bot. 2009 Jun;103(8):1219-26. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcp065. Epub 2009 Mar 22.


Comparison of smooth and hairy attachment pads in insects: friction, adhesion and mechanisms for direction-dependence.

Bullock JM, Drechsler P, Federle W.

J Exp Biol. 2008 Oct;211(Pt 20):3333-43. doi: 10.1242/jeb.020941.

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