oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The body temperature of Samia cecropia Linn. (Lepidoptera, Saturniidae) as influenced by muscular activity



From a review of the voluminous literature on the body temperature of insects, it is apparent that the available data are rather fragmentary and in some cases inexact. For example, the temperature of the same species has, in some instances, been found to be higher and in others to be lower than that recorded for the surrounding atmosphere. This lack of uniformity in results may be attributed to faulty technique, inaccuracy of the apparatus used, or to conclusions based on an insufficient number of observations.


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