Evolutionary genetics of dorsal wing colour in Colias butterflies.

  title={Evolutionary genetics of dorsal wing colour in Colias butterflies.},
  author={Jacintha Ellers and Carol L. Boggs},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  volume={17 4},
The evolution of butterfly wing colouration is strongly affected by its multiple functions and by the correlated evolution of wing colour elements. Both factors may prevent local adaptation to ecological conditions. We investigated one aspect of wing colouration, the degree of dorsal wing melanization, in the butterfly Colias philodice eriphyle across an elevational gradient and its correlation with another aspect of wing colouration, ventral wing melanization. Dorsal wing melanization… CONTINUE READING

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