Butterflies: Billboards With A Fixed Message

Comma butterflies. “I am a dead leaf.

Butterflies use their wings as colorful billboards to communicate to other animals.
Aposematic colors may say, “I am toxic.”.
Cryptic colors may say, “I am not a butterfly, I am a dead leaf.”
A mimic may use color to say, “I am not a Viceroy, I am a Monarch”.

Colors are used by butterflies to identify potential mates. Coloration in butterfly species usually remains consistent over time and location, with some exceptions.

Consistency in…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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