Effect of Solar Radiation on the Harvester Termite, Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen)


THE ecological implications of the lethal effect of solar radiation on unpigmented insects appear to have been neglected by insect ecologists, although the phenomenon has been extensively investigated in many other groups of animals1. It is often stated in the literature that light, per se, rarely has importance to insects. Its importance is said to lie in its value as a token stimulus not reacted to for its own sake but for some secondary reason generally connected with it2.

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NEL, J., HEWITT, P. Effect of Solar Radiation on the Harvester Termite, Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen). Nature 223, 862–863 (1969). https://doi.org/10.1038/223862a0

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