Absence of eye shine and tapetum in the heterogeneous eye of Anthocharis butterflies (Pieridae).

  title={Absence of eye shine and tapetum in the heterogeneous eye of Anthocharis butterflies (Pieridae).},
  author={Shin-ya Takemura and Doekele G Stavenga and Kentaro Arikawa},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={210 Pt 17},
Insect eyes are composed of spectrally heterogeneous ommatidia, typically with three different types. The ommatidial heterogeneity in butterflies can be identified non-invasively by the colorful eye shine, the reflection from the tapetal mirror located at the proximal end of the ommatidia, which can be observed by epi-illumination microscopy. Since the color of eye shine is determined by the spectral properties of the ommatidia, it has been tentatively related to color vision. In the course of… CONTINUE READING
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