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VideoLab: Butterflies Switch Courtship Roles

Both males and females of the African butterfly species Bicyclus anynana use conspicuously decorated wings with large, ultraviolet-reflecting "eyespots" to attract mates. Prudic et al. report that males and females reciprocally changes their sexual roles depending on their larval rearing temperature and that this switch correlates with a change in mating benefits to females and costs to males.

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Resource Type: Video, Journal article/Issue
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16

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Authors and Editors: Kathleen L. Prudic of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, Cheonha Jeon of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, Hui Cao of Applied Physics and Physics, Yale University, Antónia Monteiro of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Assistant Curator of Entomology, Yale University
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