The rhabdoms of the larval ocelli of the mosquito Aedes aegypti undergo morphological light and dark adaptation over periods of hours. The rhabdom enlarges during dark adaptation and grows smaller during light adaptation. Diminution is exponential, enlargement linear, and rates of change are proportional to log light intensity. Rhabdoms maintained at a constant intensity level off at a constant volume proportional to log intensity. We argue that changes in rhabdom volume after changes in light intensity reflect an influence of light on the turnover of photoreceptro membrane, and that the volumes at which rhabdoms level off represent equilibria between opposed processes of membrane loss and renewal.

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