Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 129, Issue 3, pp 247–256 | Cite as

Sensory mechanisms of eye cleaning behavior in the cricket Gryllus campestris

  • H. -W. Honegger
  • H. Reif
  • W. Müller


Mechanical stimulation of the compound eye of the cricket Gryllus campestris induces an eye cleaning response which involves coordinated movements of the head and the forelegs. Interommatidial bristles and campaniform sensilla provide the sensory input for the behavior. The axons of these receptors project through a sidebranch of the nervus tegumentarius into the suboesophageal and prothoracic ganglion. Recordings from this nerve revealed that only information from bristles and campaniform sensilla is transmitted and that stimuli which release eye cleaning cause many units to fire. Finally, when the nerve was cut surgically, the crickets no longer cleaned the eyes on the operated side. We suggest that the mechanoreceptors on the cricket eye are tuned to detect stimuli which could disturb vision.


Sensory Input Mechanical Stimulation Sensory Mechanism Cleaning Behavior Prothoracic Ganglion 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. -W. Honegger
    • 1
  • H. Reif
    • 1
  • W. Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie der Universität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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