Reducing the Maladaptive Attractiveness of Solar Panels to Polarotactic Insects

  title={Reducing the Maladaptive Attractiveness of Solar Panels to Polarotactic Insects},
  author={G{\'a}bor Horv{\'a}th and Mikl{\'o}s Blah{\'o} and {\'A}d{\'a}m Egri and Gy{\"o}rgy Kriska and Istv{\'a}n Seres and Bruce A. Robertson},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Human-made objects (e.g., buildings with glass surfaces) can reflect horizontally polarized light so strongly that they appear to aquatic insects to be bodies of water. [] Key Method Using imaging polarimetry, we measured the reflection-polarization characteristics of different solar panels and in multiple-choice experiments in the field we tested their attractiveness to mayflies, caddis flies, dolichopodids, and tabanids. At the Brewster angle, solar panels polarized reflected light almost completely…

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