Brochosomal coatings of the integument of leafhoppers (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae)

Roman A. Rakitov

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Superhydrophobic properties of natural and man-made surfaces arise from the combination of chemical hydrophobicity with omplex, fractal texture at the micron and submicron range (reviewed in Quéré 2005). In plants and animals alike, such complex textures are usually formed by outgrowths of the integument or by particles of wax secreted by the integument (Cassie and Baxter 1945, Fogg 1948, Holdgate 1955, Holloway 1970, Juniper 1991, Wagner et al. 1996, 2003, Barthlott and Neinhuis 1997, Feng et al. 2002). In most cases, the location of these textures on the body and their regular structure are passively determined by the underlying epidermis. Some insects, however, produce and maintain particulate hydrophobic coatings on their bodies in specific behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Surfaces in Biology
Subtitle of host publicationLittle Structures with Big Effects
EditorsStanislav N. Gorb
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-6697-9
ISBN (Print)9781402066948
StatePublished - 2009


  • INHS
  • Entomological Review
  • Scale Insect
  • Hind Wing
  • Malpighian Tubule
  • Insect Wing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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