Lighter-Shaded Butterflies And Dragonflies Adapt Better To Warming European Climate

May 28, 2014 10:41 AM

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Lighter-Shaded Butterflies And Dragonflies Adapt Better To Warming European Climate

Across Europe, light-hued butterflies and dragonflies adapt better to a gradually warming continent compared to their darker-shaded counterparts, according to a new study by scientists from Imperial College London, Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany and University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

The scientists said in the study, recently published in Nature Communications, that the color of the insects’ bodies plays a key role in how they absorb energy from the sun, and is crucial in fuelling their flight as well as regulating their body temperature. And, the ability to withstand warmer cli...

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