Journal article

Heating rates are more strongly influenced by near-infrared than visible reflectance in beetles.

Lu-Yi Wang, Amanda M Franklin, Jay R Black, Devi Stuart-Fox

J Exp Biol | The Company of Biologists | Published : 2021

Abstract

Adaptations to control heat transfer through the integument are a key component of temperature regulation in animals. However, there remain significant gaps in our understanding of how different optical and morphological properties of the integument affect heating rates. To address these gaps, we examined the effect of reflectivity in both ultraviolet-visible and near-infrared wavelengths, surface micro-sculpturing, effective area (area subjected to illumination) and cuticle thickness on radiative heat gain in jewel beetles (Buprestidae). We measured heating rate using a solar simulator to mimic natural sunlight, a thermal chamber to control the effects of conduction and convection, and opti..

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