The spectral sensitivity of lateral ocelli in both wild-type and white-eyed larvae of the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti L. (reared in darkness) was measured by means of the electroretinogram. The spectral sensitivity is maximal at about 520 nm, with a small secondary peak near 370 nm. When allowance is made for some screening and filtering by the eye tissues, the spectral sensitivity is in reasonable agreement with the absorption spectrum of ocellar rhodopsin (λmax = 515 nm).

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