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Flavonoid wing pigments increase attractiveness of female common blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterflies to mate-searching males

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.

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Abstract

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 ...

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Item Type:Article
Date:July 2000
Institutions:Central Institutions > University Library
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10.1007/s001140050726DOI
11013877PubMed ID
000089214100002Web of Science ID
Subjects:500 Science > 570 Life sciences
500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:No
Owner: Helge Knüttel (ADMIN)
Deposited On:11 Jun 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2014 10:12
Item ID:2051
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