Disruptive Coloration in Butterflies: Lack of Support in Anartia fatima

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Science  01 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4456, pp. 617-619
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4456.617


Experimental obliteration of high-contrast wing stripes of the neotropical butterfly Anartia fatima affected neither survival nor wing damage in a natural population over a 5-month period. There is no direct evidence supporting the hypothesis that so-called disruptive wing patterns function as protective coloration in butterflies.