Proline powers pre-flight warm-up in the african fruit beetle pachnoda sinuata

@article{Auerswald1998ProlinePP,
  title={Proline powers pre-flight warm-up in the african fruit beetle pachnoda sinuata},
  author={Auerswald and Nat Erwin Schneider and GADeY},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1998},
  volume={201 (Pt 10)},
  pages={1651-7}
}
We investigated thoracic temperatures (Tth) during different activities of the endothermic fruit beetle Pachnoda sinuata and analysed which energy substrates are used for the pre-flight warm-up of its flight muscles. Pachnoda sinuata elevates its Tth prior to take-off either by basking in the sun or by warming endothermically to a narrow range around 34 degreesC. During lift-generating tethered flight at low ambient temperatures (Ta=25 degreesC), Tth of P. sinuata decreases steadily until it… CONTINUE READING

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