Acta Mechanica et Automatica (2014-09-01)

Functional and Structural Analysis of Wing Folding Mechanism Based on Cockchafer (Melolontha Melolontha)

  • Geisler Tomasz,
  • Rosikoń Piotr,
  • Sochacki Wojciech,
  • Topczewska Sandra

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8, no. 3
pp. 129 – 135


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Insects are among nature’s most nimble flyers. In this paper we present the functional and structural analysis of wing joint mechanism. Detailed action of the axillary plates and their mutual interaction was also described. Because of the small dimensions of the wing joint elements and the limited resolution of the light microscope, the authors used a scanning electron microscope. Based upon the knowledge of working principles of beetle flight apparatus a wing joint mechanism kinematics model has been developed.