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New Observations on Responses to Colours in Egg-laying Butterflies

Nature volume 140, pages 544545 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation

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IT has previously been shown1 that hungry cabbage butterflies give a specific response, “spontaneous feeding response”, on red, yellow, blue and violet papers, but not on green, bluish green or grey of any shade between black and white. Whether the insects confused green and bluish green with grey could not be investigated as they could not be trained on these colours.

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  1. (Crosby Hall Scholar, 1936/37). Entomological Department Zoological Laboratory Cambridge Aug. 25.

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