Publication in Journal of Experimental Biology

Published on
August 25, 2022

Divergence of climbing escape flight performance in Morpho butterflies living in different microhabitats,

Cover photo August issue of JEB
Cover photo August issue of JEB

Some Morpho butterfly species live in the dense vegetation of the understory while other species inhabit the open canopy. In our recent study, we investigated how the divergent microhabitat specialisation influences the evolution of flight performance. Quantification of climbing flight kinematics among closely related butterfly species living in different strata revealed markedly higher climbing ability in canopy species, likely resulting from divergent flight behaviour and morphology.

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