Material properties of photomechanical infrared receptors in pyrophilous Melanophila beetles and Aradus bugs.

@article{Klocke2012MaterialPO,
  title={Material properties of photomechanical infrared receptors in pyrophilous Melanophila beetles and Aradus bugs.},
  author={D. Klocke and H. Schmitz},
  journal={Acta biomaterialia},
  year={2012},
  volume={8 9},
  pages={
          3392-9
        }
}
  • D. Klocke, H. Schmitz
  • Published 2012
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Acta biomaterialia
  • Jewel beetles of the genus Melanophila and some pyrophilous species of the flat bugs genus Aradus show a pyrophilous behaviour and have developed so-called photomechanical infrared (IR) receptors. In a spherical photomechanical IR sensillum incoming IR radiation is converted into micromechanical action, finally stimulating the dendritic tip of a mechanosensitive sensory cell. The tip is located inside a tiny cuticular sphere with a diameter of about 12 μm. The material properties of the… CONTINUE READING
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