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On the use of ultraviolet photography and ultraviolet wing patterns in butterfly morphology and taxonomy

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-20810
Knüttel, Helge ; Fiedler, Konrad
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:36


Abstract

In a series of feeding experiments we found that, depending on the larval food plant species or part of food plant ingested, individuals of the blue butterfly Polyommatus icarus (Lycaenidae) exhibit broad variation of wing patterns in the ultraviolet (UV) range of wavelengths which is invisible to humans. Such intraspecific variability in UV wing patterns has been underestimated thus far due to ...

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