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Electrostatic charges on insects due to contact with different substrates. 1962. Edwards, D.K. Canadian Journal of Zoology 40(4): 579-584.

Year: 1962

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 20975

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1139/z62-051

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Experiments with both dead and living insects have shown that insects may acquire an electrical charge as a result of surface contact with an uncharged substrate. The charge on the insect may be built up during walking or fluttering on the substrate. The insects were made positive by contact with dry wood and metals, and negative by contact with asbestos. Their position in the Triboelectric Series was somewhere near asbestos or glass. Contact charging of the insects explains the electrostatic potential surges found in the electrical-influence activity apparatus with each insect flight.