Data from: Evidence for Batesian mimicry in a polymorphic hoverfly

Malcolm Edmunds & Tom Reader
Palatable Batesian mimics are avoided by predators because they resemble noxious or defended species. The striking resemblance of many hoverflies to noxious Hymenoptera is a “textbook” example of Batesian mimicry, but evidence that selection by predators has shaped the evolution of hoverfly patterns is weak. We looked for geographical and temporal trends in frequencies of morphs of the polymorphic hoverfly Volucella bombylans that would support the hypothesis that these morphs are Batesian mimics of different...

Registration Year

  • 2013

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Nottingham