Wing coloration and reflectance in Morpho butterflies as related to reproductive behavior and escape from avian predators

@article{Young2004WingCA,
  title={Wing coloration and reflectance in Morpho butterflies as related to reproductive behavior and escape from avian predators},
  author={Allen M. Young},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={7},
  pages={209-222}
}
  • A. M. Young
  • Published 1 September 1971
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
SummaryDifferent species of large tropical butterflies belonging to the genus Morpho vary dramatically in both the amount of blue color on their wings and the associated irridescence (reflectance). This paper discusses how such a morphological properties may be related to both courtship behavior and effective means of reducing predation (especially by birds) in the low density adult populations. Essentially, the hypothesis is advanced that territorial species of Morpho can afford to possess… Expand
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