PLoS ONE volume 9, issue 6, Pe98324 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098324 View full text
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Thomas Carle, Yoshifumi Yamawaki, Hidehiro Watanabe, Fumio Yokohari

Abstract: Insects possess antennae equipped with a large number of segments (flagellomeres) on which sensory organs (sensilla) are located. Hemimetabolous insects grow by molting until they reach adulthood. In these species, the sensory structures develop and mature during each stage of development; new flagellomeres are generated at each molt elongating the antennae, and new sensilla appear. The praying mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) is a hemimetabolous insect with 7 different instars before it reaches adulthood. Because…

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