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Re: What is the respiration rate of the locust?

Date: Tue Dec 1 11:00:27 1998
Posted By: David Richman, Staff, Entomology, New Mexico State University
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 911394125.Gb

According to Miller (1960) the stationary desert locust pumps about 40 
liters of air/ Kg/ hr, mostly by abdominal ventilation, and a flying 
locust, using both abdominal ventilation and pterothoracic (raising and 
lowering of notal sclerites to produce volume changes in intra- and 
extra-muscular air sacs) ventilation produces up to 350 liters of air/ Kg/ 
hr, which is needed for the function of the flight muscles.


     Chapman, R. F. 1971.  The Insects: Structure and Function.  Elsevier, 
New York. 

     Miller, P. L. 1960.  Respiration in the desert locust.I. The control 
of ventilation.  J. Exp. Biol. 37:224-236.

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