publication . Article . 2002

Biological infrared imaging and sensing

Angela L. Campbell; Rajesh R. Naik; Laura A. Sowards; Morley O. Stone;
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  • Published: 25 Jul 2002
A variety of thermoreceptors are present in animals and insects, which aid them in hunting, feeding and survival. Infrared (IR) imaging pit organs in Crotaline and Boid snakes enable them to detect, locate and apprehend their prey by detecting the IR radiation they emit. IR pit organs of common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) enable them to detect IR radiation emitted by blood-rich locations on homeothermic prey. The beetle Melanophila acuminata locates forest fires by IR-detecting pit organs in order to lay their eggs in freshly killed conifers. Thermoreceptors located in the wings and antennae of darkly pigmented butterflies (Pachliopta aristolochiae and Troi...
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free text keywords: Cell Biology, Structural Biology, Infrared, Anatomy, Structure and function, Pachliopta aristolochiae, biology.organism_classification, biology, Radiant heat, Desmodus rotundus, Homeothermy, Melanophila acuminata, Predation, Zoology
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