Structural or pigmentary? Origin of the distinctive white stripe on the blue wing of a Morpho butterfly.

  title={Structural or pigmentary? Origin of the distinctive white stripe on the blue wing of a Morpho butterfly.},
  author={Shinya Yoshioka and Shuichi Kinoshita},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={273 1583},
A few species of Morpho butterflies have a distinctive white stripe pattern on their structurally coloured blue wings. Since the colour pattern of a butterfly wing is formed as a mosaic of differently coloured scales, several questions naturally arise: are the microstructures the same between the blue and white scales? How is the distinctive whiteness produced, structurally or by means of pigmentation? To answer these questions, we have performed structural and optical investigations of the… CONTINUE READING
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