Burghardt, Frank and Knüttel, Helge and Becker, Mechthild and Fiedler, Konrad (2000) Flavonoid wing pigments increase attractiveness of female common blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterflies to mate-searching males. Die Naturwissenschaften 87 (7), pp. 304-307.
Other URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s001140050726
Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) sequester flavonoids from their larval host plants and allocate these UV-absorbing pigments to the wings. In field experiments using dummies constructed from female butterflies, mate-searching males inspected flavonoid-rich dummies more intensively than those with little or no flavonoids. Flavonoid content as signalled by UV-wing pattern may indicate ontogenetically determined female quality or enhance detectability to males.
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|Institutions:||Central Institutions > University Library|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 570 Life sciences|
500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||No|
|Deposited On:||11 Jun 2007|
|Last Modified:||13 Mar 2014 10:12|