David Stella

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The aim of this work has been to determine the possibility of using lichens as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) bioaccumulators for the evaluation of atmospheric pollution in the city of Rieti. A lichen sample collected in a remote unpolluted area was divided into 18 sub-samples. These were collocated in nine different stations in the city of Rieti and(More)
The males of the Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) have ultraviolet pattern on the dorsal surfaces of their wings. Using geometric morphometrics, we have analysed correlations between environmental variables (climate, productivity) and shape variability of the ultraviolet pattern and the forewing in 110 male specimens of G. rhamni collected in the(More)
The subject of our investigation was the visual features of wing color with special focus on the UV reflectance in the green-veined white butterfly (Pieris napi). Previous studies had concluded that UV reflectance on dorsal wing surfaces is found only in the female P. napi. Based on UV sensitive photography, we analyzed a correlation between 12 geographic(More)
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