This title appears in the Scientific Report : 2014 

Infrared receptors of pyrophilous jewel beetles as model for new infrared sensors
Kahl, Thilo (Corresponding author)
Bousack, Herbert / Schneider, Erik S. / Schmitz, Helmut
Bioelektronik; ICS-8
Bioelektronik; PGI-8
Sensor review, 34 (2014) 1, S. 123 - 134
Bradford MCB Univ. Press 2014
Journal Article
Physics of the Cell
Sensorics and bioinspired systems
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Early detection of forest fires offers the chance to put the fire out before it gets out of control. The purpose of this paper is to look into nature and to learn how certain insects detect remote forest fires. A small group of highly specialized insects that have been called pyrophilous is attracted by forest fires and approaches fires sometimes from distances of many kilometers. As a unique feature some of these insects are equipped with infrared (IR) receptors, which in case of two species of jewel beetles (family Buprestidae) are used for fire detection. ...