UV Photoreceptors and UV-Yellow Wing Pigments in Heliconius Butterflies Allow a Color Signal to Serve both Mimicry and Intraspecific Communication

@article{Bybee2011UVPA,
  title={UV Photoreceptors and UV-Yellow Wing Pigments in Heliconius Butterflies Allow a Color Signal to Serve both Mimicry and Intraspecific Communication},
  author={Seth M. Bybee and Furong Yuan and M. D. Ramstetter and J. Llorente-Bousquets and R. D. Reed and D. Osorio and A. Briscoe},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2011},
  volume={179},
  pages={38 - 51}
}
Mimetic wing coloration evolves in butterflies in the context of predator confusion. Unless butterfly eyes have adaptations for discriminating mimetic color variation, mimicry also carries a risk of confusion for the butterflies themselves. Heliconius butterfly eyes, which express recently duplicated ultraviolet (UV) opsins, have such an adaptation. To examine bird and butterfly color vision as sources of selection on butterfly coloration, we studied yellow wing pigmentation in the tribe… Expand
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