Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: Winter 2015
Year of Publication: 2015
Publisher: The Lepidopterists' Society
Author(s): Darryl Wheye, Paul R Ehrlich
Journal: News of The Lepidopterists’ Society
Volume: 57: 4
Visually interesting butterflies make likely subjects for a collaboration between the arts and sciences. In this case, an artist’s attention to the detailed patterns on the wings of some butterflies revealed their resemblance to caterpillars and sparked the following investigation.
“In a recent conversation, DW (an artist who has worked with butterflies and birds and has been involved in encouraging partnerships between scientists and artists) pointed out to PE (who has also been involved in encouraging such collaborations) that certain butterfly wing-pattern elements seem to resemble larvae. We decided to take a closer look. Here we consider the connection between the patterns of some larvae and adults, and ask if the apparent resemblances are coincidental, especially given the amount of variation in patterns, or adaptive. “The views and opinions expressed through the MAHB Website are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect an official position of the MAHB. The MAHB aims to share a range of perspectives and welcomes the discussions that they prompt.