Simon Chen, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Caterpillars must climb and attach to their host plants to successfully feed and grow into adult butterflies and moths, and they do so with an unusual soft and many-legged body. Conversely, a number of plants have micro-structured surfaces that make attachment difficult and can present an insurmountable barrier to some herbivores.
In this talk, Simon will explore different adaptations caterpillars have evolved to overcome this type of physical plant defence, how caterpillars can secure themselves to substrates by modifying their surface, and how they use geometry to avoid losing grip on the most slippery of plants.
Science on Sundays
A programme of free, informal, monthly science talks bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
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Suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Talks run monthly March to July