July 26, 2012
Monarch Butterflies With Darker Wings Fly Better
Test of captive butterflies shows association between pigment level and flight distance
For monarch butterflies, redder wings are correlated with better flight performance, according to research published July 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
"Butterfly researchers don't often look closely at color variation between individuals of the same species. The results of this project will pave the way for a new line of inquiry into the significance of butterfly wing color."
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