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Leonid I. Frantsevich

Prof. Dr., corresponding member of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, born in 1935, graduated from the Chair of Invertebrate Zoology in the Shevchenko-University (Kiev). He works in the Schmalhausen-Institute of Zoology (UkrNAS) since 1963. There he organized the laboratory, later the Department of Insect Physiology. Recently, he is a councilor with the administration of the same institute. L.F. published 165 articles and books, made two inventions. Monographs (in Russian):

1. Visual Analysis of Space in Insects. Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 1980.

2. Spatial Orientation of Animals. Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 1986.

3. Animals in the Radioactive Zone (V. Gaychenko, V. Kryzhanovski coauthors). Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 1991. Translation into German: Tiere im Strahlenfeld. Elbe-Dnjepr Verlag, Klitzschen, 1994.

L.F. gave the courses of lectures Radioecological monitoring in the Kiev National University, Algebra and Geometry in Animal Orientation in the Leipzig University, Bionical Investigations on Insects in the Nanjing University of Aviation and Astronautics. He accomplished several projects in the Bielefeld University, Max-Planck-Institutes of Biocybernetics and Developmental Biology in Tubingen, in the Royal Technological University (Stockholm), and in the Nanjing University of Aviation and Astronautics.

L.F. was awarded with the USSR State Award in Science and Technology for his book Visual Analysis of Space in Insects (within the cycle Sensory Physiology in Insects), with the Ukrainian State Award in Science and Technology for his contribution to the cycle The Complex Research on the Influence of the Chernobyl Catastrophe upon the Environment, with the Scientific Recommendations on Rehabilitation of the Contaminated Territories and on the Radiological Protection of Population in Ukraine, with the Schmalhausen-Award of the UkrNAS for his contribution to the cycle Influence of the Chernobyl Catastrophe upon the Animal Wildlife, with the Order of Honour (USSR) for his participation in minimization of consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.

The main field of research is the physiology of the visual analysis, physiology and biomechanics of the insect locomotion. Recently these experiments are documented and illustrated in short videofilms. You may view them on the next pages.


Collection of films:

Courtship dances in a fly,
Lispe spp.

Stick friction in a lantern fly, Lycorma delicatula

Arolium of a hornet,
Vespa crabro

Indirect closing of elytra in a cockchafer, Melolontha

Righting kinematics in beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera)

Leg coordination during turning on an extremely narrow substrate in a bug, Mesocerus marginatus (Heteroptera, Coreidae)

Swimming in the Diving Wasp Prestwichia aquatica (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae)

Kinematics of elytra in beetles

Indirect closing of elytra in various beetles

Double rotation of the opening (closing) elytra in beetles (Coleoptera)

 

Actuation and performance of the elytron-to-body articulation in a diving beetle


Series of papers

Lehrs fields of campaniform sensilla in beetles

Leg mechanics during ecdysis


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