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Clouds, Shadows, Or Twilight? Mayfly Nymphs Recognise The Difference, Annette L. Schloss, James F. Haney May 2006

Clouds, Shadows, Or Twilight? Mayfly Nymphs Recognise The Difference, Annette L. Schloss, James F. Haney

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1. We examined the relative changes in light intensity that initiate night-time locomotor activity changes in nymphs of the mayfly, Stenonema modestum (Heptageniidae). Tests were carried out in a laboratory stream to examine the hypothesis that nymphs increase their locomotion in response to the large and sustained reductions in relative light intensity that take place during twilight but not to short-term daytime light fluctuations or a minimum light intensity threshold. Ambient light intensity was reduced over a range of values representative of evening twilight. Light was reduced over the same range of intensities either continuously or in discrete intervals while ...