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Host-plant-derived variation in ultraviolet wing patterns influences mate selection by male butterflies

Knüttel, Helge and Fiedler, Konrad (2001) Host-plant-derived variation in ultraviolet wing patterns influences mate selection by male butterflies. The Journal of experimental biology 204 (14), pp. 2447-2459.

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Abstract

We report on the first case in which sequestered secondary plant compounds determine an insect's external appearance in the ultraviolet spectrum and thereby influence visually mediated mate choice. Larvae of the common blue butterfly Polyommatus icarus specifically sequester flavonoids in different amounts and types, depending on the part or species of food plant. During late pupal development ...

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Item Type:Article
Date:July 2001
Institutions:Central Institutions > University Library
Identification Number:
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11511660PubMed ID
000170261200010Web of Science ID
Keywords:insect, butterfly, animal–plant interaction, vision, signal, colour, pigment, ultraviolet light, flavonoid, behaviour, mate choice, Lycaenidae, Polyommatus icarus, principal component analysis, spectral data, confidence intervals
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:2052
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