Colour vision in diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths

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Colour vision in diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths. / Kelber, Almut; Balkenius, Anna; Warrant, Eric.

I: Integrative and Comparative Biology, Vol. 43, Nr. 4, 2003, s. 571-579.

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T1 - Colour vision in diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths

AU - Kelber, Almut

AU - Balkenius, Anna

AU - Warrant, Eric

PY - 2003

Y1 - 2003

N2 - Diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera) have three spectral types of receptor sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light. As avid flower visitors and pollinators, they use olfactory and visual cues to find and recognise flowers. Moths of the diurnal species Macroglossum stellatarum and the nocturnal species Deilephila elpenor, Hyles lineata and Hyles gallii use and learn the colour of flowers. Nocturnal species can discriminate flowers at starlight intensities when humans and honeybees are colour-blind. M. stellatarum can use achromatic, intensity-related cues if colour cues are absent, and this is probably also true for D. elpenor. Both species can recognise colours even under a changed illumination colour.

AB - Diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera) have three spectral types of receptor sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light. As avid flower visitors and pollinators, they use olfactory and visual cues to find and recognise flowers. Moths of the diurnal species Macroglossum stellatarum and the nocturnal species Deilephila elpenor, Hyles lineata and Hyles gallii use and learn the colour of flowers. Nocturnal species can discriminate flowers at starlight intensities when humans and honeybees are colour-blind. M. stellatarum can use achromatic, intensity-related cues if colour cues are absent, and this is probably also true for D. elpenor. Both species can recognise colours even under a changed illumination colour.

U2 - 10.1093/icb/43.4.571

DO - 10.1093/icb/43.4.571

M3 - Article

VL - 43

SP - 571

EP - 579

JO - Integrative and Comparative Biology

JF - Integrative and Comparative Biology

SN - 1557-7023

IS - 4

ER -