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Microclimates and the distribution of terrestrial arthropods. Ann. Rev. Ent. 7 , 199-222 Cloudsley-Thompson, J. L. (1962b). Bioclimatic observations in the Red Sea hills and coastal plain, a major habitat of the desert locust. Proc. Entomol. SOC. London A, 37,27-34 Cloudsley-Thompson, J. L. (1962c). Lethal temperatures of some desert arthropods and the mechanism of heat death. Ent. exp. Appl. 5, 270-280 Cloudsley-Thompson, J. L. (1964). ). Ent. Monthly Mag. 100, 148-151 Cloudsley-Thompson, J. L.

Haemolyniph osmolality is shown as it varied through a day of decreasing and subsequently rising RH, the increments being larger for solitary forms for both Pieris (segregated experimentally) and for fnachis (naturally both solitary and grouped). (Data from Willmer, 1980a) ( 6 ) Permeability Perhaps the single most critical factor controlling the water balance of terrestrial insects is the permeability of the exposed cuticular surfaces, and the literature on this subject is now enormous; recent reviews by Berridge (I 970), Ebeling (1 974), Beament (1976) and Gilby (1 980) are particularly informative.

In the former category are such mechanisms as the production of water from metabolism, particularly of stored fats (though the significance of this is somewhat controversial; see Mellanby, 1942; Edney, 1957; Barton Browne, 1964); and the redistribution of solutes or water between different compartments of the body to minimise osmotic MICROCLIMATES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY 27 stress on critical tissues. In the latter group are behaviour patterns closely allied to those for controlling temperature, all resulting in the occupation of more tolerable microniches.

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