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A new study of the colorful "eyespots" on the wings of some butterfly species is helping to address fundamental questions about evolution that are conceptually similar to the quandary Aristotle wrestled with about 330 B.C. – "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
Small prey fish can grow a bigger ‘eye’ on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival.
Male peacock tail plumage and courtship antics likely influence their success at attracting and mating with females.
Yale University biologists say they've determined butterflies seem able to both attract mates and ward off predators by using different sides of their wings. You want to be noticeable and desirable for mates, but other onlookers, including predators, are paying attention to those signals as well, said Jeffrey Oliver, a Yale postdoctoral researcher. Oliver was interested in whether the eyespots on the upper side of butterflies' wings serve a different purpose than the ones on the underside.
Butterflies seem able to both attract mates and ward off predators using different sides of their wings, according to new research by Yale University biologists.
Circular markings on creatures such as butterflies are effective against predators because they are conspicuous features, not because they mimic the eyes of the predatorsâ€™ own enemies
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The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colorful butterfly, known in North America as the Cosmopolite. It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Australia which has a close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies). Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella). The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate...
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