The Only Blue Mimeresia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Lipteninae) Uses a Color-Generating Mechanism Widely Applied by Butterflies

@article{Blint2018TheOB,
  title={The Only Blue Mimeresia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Lipteninae) Uses a Color-Generating Mechanism Widely Applied by Butterflies},
  author={Z. B{\'a}lint and S. S{\'a}fi{\'a}n and A. Hoskins and K. Kert{\'e}sz and A. Koos and Z. Horv{\'a}th and G. Piszter and L. Bir{\'o}},
  journal={Journal of Insect Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={18}
}
Abstract The butterfly Mimeresia neavei (Joicey & Talbot, 1921) is the only species in the exclusively African subtribal clade Mimacraeina (Lipteninae: Lycaenidae: Lepidoptera) having sexual dimorphism expressed by structurally blue-colored male and pigmentary colored orange–red female phenotypes. We investigated the optical mechanism generating the male blue color by various microscopic and experimental methods. It was found that the blue color is produced by the lower lamina of the scale… Expand
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