Beetles Make Their Own Waxy Sunblock

Hadley, Neil F.
August 1993
Natural History;Aug93, Vol. 102 Issue 8, p44
Describes how darkling beetles in the family Tenebrionidae survive the scorching heat in the Namib Desert in southwestern Africa. How the wax meshwork of the beetle's exterior protects it from heat; Characteristics of colors and patterns on darkling beetles; Use of the scanning electron microscope to study the structure and arrangement of the wax deposits on the beetles; Foraging practices of the beetles.


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