Helmut Altner and Richard Loftus Institute of Zoology, University of Regensburg, D-8400 Regensburg, Federal Republic of Germany PERSPECTIVES AND OVERVIEW Recordings from a single sensillum containing a cold receptor were fIrst reported by Lacher (40) twenty years ago. Their source was the antenna of Apis mellifica. The same sensillum also yielded the fIrst recordings from a moist air receptor. That a third physiological type was also present in the sensillum went unrecognized for several years, however. It, the dry air receptor, was discovÂ ered by Waldow (73) on the antenna of Locusta migratoria. Since then this sensory triad has been examined on four other species of as many orders. It represents just one combination of thermo- and hygroreceptors that has caught the attention of investigators curious as to the structure of those "chinks" in an insect's armor plating through which information on basic properties of a biotope gains access to the animal's interior. For animals as small as insects, sunlit biotopes may be quite unmanagable if not quickly lethal in the absence of instant clues about their temperature and humidity. To have shown that a cold-receptive cell is present in several sensilla does not constitute automatic proof that
Annual Review of Entomology – Annual Reviews
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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