What’s in a band? The function of the colour and banding pattern of the Banded Swallowtail

Eunice Tan, Bodo Wilts, Brent Tan & Antonia Monteiro
Butterflies have evolved a diversity of colour patterns, but the ecological functions for most of these patterns are still poorly understood. The Banded Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio demolion demolion, is a mostly black butterfly with a greenish-blue band that traverses the wings. The function of this wing pattern remains unknown. Here, we examined the morphology of black and green-blue coloured scales, and how the colour and banding pattern affects predation risk in the wild. The protective...
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