Detectors for polarized skylight in insects: a survey of ommatidial specializations in the dorsal rim area of the compound eye.

@article{Labhart1999DetectorsFP,
  title={Detectors for polarized skylight in insects: a survey of ommatidial specializations in the dorsal rim area of the compound eye.},
  author={Thomas Labhart and Eric P. Meyer},
  journal={Microscopy research and technique},
  year={1999},
  volume={47 6},
  pages={
          368-79
        }
}
Apart from the sun, the polarization pattern of the sky offers insects a reference for visual compass orientation. Using behavioral experiments, it has been shown in a few insect species (field crickets, honey bees, desert ants, and house flies) that the detection of the oscillation plane of polarized skylight is mediated exclusively by a group of specialized ommatidia situated at the dorsal rim of the compound eye (dorsal rim area). The dorsal rim ommatidia of these species share a number… CONTINUE READING

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