Entomology is a useful tool when applied to engineering challenges that have been solved in nature. Especially when these special abilities of olfactory sensation, vision, auditory perception, fly, jump, navigation, chemical synthesis, exquisite structure and others were connected with mechanization, informationization and intelligentization of modern science and technology, and produced innumerable classical bionic products. The paper aims to discuss these issues.
All kinds of special abilities of insects and application status have been described and discussed in order to summarize the advanced research examples and supply bibliographic reference to the latters. Future perspectives and challenges in the use of insect bionics were also given.
In the period of life sciences and information sciences, insect bionics not only promoted the development of modern science and technology on the sides of mechanics, molecule, energy, information and control greatly but also provided new ideas and technologies for the crisis of science and technology, food, environment and ecosystem.
It may provide strategies to solve the problems and be a source of good ideas for researchers.
The authors are grateful for the support of the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. XDJK2013C053).
Liu, C., Liu, J., Xu, L. and Xiang, W. (2014), "Recent achievements in bionic implementations of insect structure and functions", Kybernetes, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 307-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-09-2013-0192Download as .RIS
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