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.
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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|Institutions:||Central Institutions > University Library|
|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
|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|