Infrared transmittance as an alternative thermal strategy in the desert beetle Onymacris plana.

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Elevated elytral transmittance to shortwave infrared radiation is used by the black diurnal desert beetle Onymacris plana to increase heat gain at the beginning and end of the day. Near-infrared transmittance increases the percentage of radiation absorptance at times of low sun angle as a result of the relatively greater attenuation of visible to shortwave… (More)

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