Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Underwater behavioural thermoregulation in the adult stonefly, Zapada cinctipes


Some adult insects survive extremely. low temperatures using various physiological mechanisms1,2. Here I report that the adult stonefly, Zapada cinctipes (Banks) (Plecoptera: Nemouridae), behaviourally thermoregulates at subzero night temperatures by entering the water.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Whitton, G. C. Comparative Physiology of Thermoregulation Vol. 1, 15–77 (Academic, London, 1970).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Heinrich, B. Am. Nat. 111, 623–640 (1977).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Hynes, H. B. N. A. Rev. Ent. 21, 135–153 (1976).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Hynes, H. B. N. Aust. J. Zool. Suppl. 29, 37–52 (1974).

  5. Mani, M. S. Introduction to High Altitude Entomology (Methuen, London, 1962).

    Google Scholar 

  6. May, M. L. Ecology 58, 787–798 (1977).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Jewett, S. G. Science 139, 484–485 (1963).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  8. Illies, J. A. Rev. Ent. 10, 117–140 (1965).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Tozer, W. Underwater behavioural thermoregulation in the adult stonefly, Zapada cinctipes. Nature 281, 566–567 (1979).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing