Pigmentation pattern formation in butterflies: experiments and models.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Butterfly pigmentation patterns are one of the most spectacular and vivid examples of pattern formation in biology. They have attracted much attention from experimentalists and theoreticians, who have tried to understand the underlying genetic, chemical and physical processes that lead to patterning. In this paper, we present a brief review of this field by first considering the generation of the localised, eyespot, patterns and then the formation of more globally controlled patterns. We present some new results applied to pattern formation on the wing of the mimetic butterfly Papilio dardanus.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nijhout, HF; Maini, PK; Madzvamuse, A; Wathen, AJ; Sekimura, T

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 326 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 717 - 727

PubMed ID

  • 14608692

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1768-3238

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1631-0691

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.crvi.2003.08.004


  • eng