How do butterflies stay cool?

Thermoregulation in butterfly wings

A recent study looked at tissues in butterfly wings that are supplied by circulatory, neural and tracheal systems, indicating that the wing is a dynamic, living structure. Behavioral assays show that butterflies use wings to sense visible and infrared radiation, responding with specialized behaviors to prevent overheating of their wings.

The study is published in Nature Communications, and a summary article, in plain English, can be found in a very unlikely spot, the Economist.

Posted on February 05, 2020 02:45 by dkaposi dkaposi | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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This project collects observations of native butterflies and skippers in Ontario for the Ontario Butterfly Atlas. The Toronto Entomologists' Association has been collecting observations in the province since 1969 and publishes the Atlas to share information on ...more ↓

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