Digging Leg Of The Mole Cricket

Fossorial Legs

The majority of insectan legs are either elongate, slender, and designed for walking and climbing or cursorial, i.e., adapted for running, as in the cockroach Fig. 1A . During walking, the legs form alternating triangles of support, with the fore and hind legs of one side and the middle leg of the opposite side contacting the substrate as the other three legs move forward. Various modifications allow the legs to be used in other forms of locomotion. Enlarged hind legs of many Orthoptera, fleas,...