Data from: Shear-sensitive adhesion enables size-independent adhesive performance in stick insects

David Labonte, Marie-Yon Strücker, Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery & Walter Federle
The ability to climb with adhesive pads conveys significant advantages, and is hence widespread in the animal kingdom. The physics of adhesion predict that attachment is more challenging for large animals, whereas detachment is harder for small animals, due to the difference in surface-to-volume ratios. Here, we use stick insects to show that this problem is solved at both ends of the scale by linking adhesion to the applied shear force. Adhesive forces of individual...
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