Insect Locomotion

[extract from Cynthia Ferrel's thesis]


Wilson (1966) presents a descriptive model for characterizing all of the commonly observed gaits of insects, including those resulting from amputation. Some of these gaits are shown in the figure below. These rules are adequate for describing the qualitative features of leg coordination in most insects when they walk on smooth horizontal surfaces (note they do not acccount for all empirical data).

Some Commonly observed gaits of insects. All are of the family of wave gaits.

Pearson & Cruse

Keir Pearson (1976) and Holk Cruse (1976-1990) developed neurological models to explain the control of an individual leg and the coordination between legs. The resulting gaits are consistant with Wilson's descriptive model.
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