Seasonal variation in wing pattern of the tropical butterfly, Bicyclus dorothea accros habitat in Cameroon - Wet season in Ndikinimeki

Michel Dongmo, Rachid Hanna, Timothy C. Bonebrake & Abraham Fomena
Many organisms exhibit changes in phenotypic traits as a response to seasonal environmental variation. We investigated the role of habitat in generating seasonal polyphenism in different populations of the light bush brown butterfly Bicyclus dorothea (Cramer, 1779) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Cameroon. Butterflies were caught during the wet and dry seasons across four localities representing two distinct habitats, namely forest and ecotone (forest–savanna transition zone) over a 2-yr period (2015–2016). We found distinct variation in the...
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