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Speyeria cybele

Speyeria cybele

A recent study on butterflies’ navigation and visual perception tested the ability of Speyeria cybele butterflies, sometimes known as the great spangled fritillary, to reach an island habitat when released from up to 60 meters away. Some specimens eyes were flashed with bright light to induce blindness, resulting in significantly less success in navigation, which researchers say indicates a leading role of vision among other senses in butterfly navigation. (Photo credit: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org)

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