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Both Palatable and Unpalatable Butterflies Use Bright Colors to Signal Difficulty of Capture to Predators

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Autor(es):
Pinheiro, C. E. G. [1] ; Freitas, A. V. L. [2, 3] ; Campos, V. C. [1] ; DeVries, P. J. [4] ; Penz, C. M. [4]
Número total de Autores: 5
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[1] Univ Brasilia, UnB, Inst Biol, Dept Zool, BR-70910900 Brasilia, DF - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Dept Biol Anim, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Estadual Campinas, Museu Zool, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ New Orleans, Dept Biol Sci, New Orleans, LA 70148 - USA
Número total de Afiliações: 4
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Neotropical Entomology; v. 45, n. 2, p. 107-113, APR 2016.
Citações Web of Science: 12
Resumo

Birds are able to recognize and learn to avoid attacking unpalatable, chemically defended butterflies after unpleasant experiences with them. It has also been suggested that birds learn to avoid prey that are efficient at escaping. This, however, remains poorly documented. Here, we argue that butterflies may utilize a variety of escape tactics against insectivorous birds and review evidence that birds avoid attacking butterflies that are hard to catch. We suggest that signaling difficulty of capture to predators is a widespread phenomenon in butterflies, and this ability may not be limited to palatable butterflies. The possibility that both palatable and unpalatable species signal difficulty of capture has not been fully explored, but helps explain the existence of aposematic coloration and escape mimicry in butterflies lacking defensive chemicals. This possibility may also change the role that putative Mullerian and Batesian mimics play in a variety of classical mimicry rings, thus opening new perspectives in the evolution of mimicry in butterflies. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 11/50225-3 - História natural, filogenia e conservação de lepidópteros neotropicais
Beneficiário:André Victor Lucci Freitas
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Programa BIOTA - Regular