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Better Rest With Less Limbs?

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) fellow Dr. Ummat Somjee has been researching leaf-footed bugs, which bugs are significant for their unique ability to shed their powerful legs when resting. By comparing leaf-footed bugs’ resting energy consumption with and without their legs, a valuable comparison applicable to many other animals is reached.

Science Daily recently published an article on Dr. Somjee’s research and the effects of body maintenance on resting animals, which you can read here.

Leaf-footed bugs shed their large and powerful back legs when resting to preserve their energy up to 25%