The Relative Importance of Flower Color and Shape for the Foraging Monarch Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

  title={The Relative Importance of Flower Color and Shape for the Foraging Monarch Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)},
  author={L. Cepero and Laura C. Rosenwald and M. Weiss},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  • L. Cepero, Laura C. Rosenwald, M. Weiss
  • Published 2015
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
  • Flowers attract and guide pollinators via a wide array of sensory stimuli, including colors, odors, textures, and even sounds. Bees are known to respond to and learn multimodal and multicomponent floral cues, whereas, historically, studies of learning in butterflies have focused on a single visual stimulus component, most often color. In this study, we examine whether Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus L.) can learn to associate a compound visual stimulus, i.e., color and shape together… CONTINUE READING
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