The thermo-photoelectric (TPE) properties of the hornet cuticle: correlation with the morphological structure.


The present study investigated thermoelectric phenomena in the cuticle of the Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis (Hymenoptera, Vespinae). This was done in dependence on the pigment extant at various cuticular region, that is, the brown cuticle in which the primary pigment is melanin and embedded within the cuticle, and the yellow stripes in which the yellow… (More)