Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 9, 2011

Who’s Courting Who?

Male and Female Butterflies Alternate Lead Roles in Courting

Male and Female butterflies alternate taking the lead in courting behavior according to a journal article in Science. The Squinting Bush Brown (Bicyclus anynana) butterflies use bright “eye spots” to attract mates. Males Squinting Bush Browns have brighter spots during the wet season and females during the dry season.  Whichever gender has the brighter spots takes the lead in courting behavior.  To read more about the study go to the BBC article:  Male and female butterflies ‘take turns courting’.

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