Polarotaxis in non-biting midges: female chironomids are attracted to horizontally polarized light.

@article{Horvth2011PolarotaxisIN,
  title={Polarotaxis in non-biting midges: female chironomids are attracted to horizontally polarized light.},
  author={G{\'a}bor Horv{\'a}th and Arnold M{\'o}ra and Bal{\'a}zs Bern{\'a}th and Gy{\"o}rgy Kriska},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={104 5},
  pages={1010-5}
}
Non-biting midges (Chironomidae, Diptera) are widely distributed aquatic insects. The short-living chironomid adults swarm in large numbers above water surfaces, and are sometimes considered a nuisance. They are vectors of certain bacteria, and have a key-role in benthic ecosystems. Optical cues, involving reflection-polarization from water, were found to be important in the habitat selection by three Mediterranean freshwater chironomid species. In this work we report on our multiple-choice… CONTINUE READING
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