oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Mechanical properties of some larval cuticles

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Tensile measurements on beetle and moth larval cuticle indicate that there is a much wider range in the mechanical properties of insect solid cuticles than was previously known and that lepidopterous larval cuticle is associated with plastic deformations far in excess of those for cither beetle larval or other kinds of sclerotized cuticle.

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