Defensive mechanisms of butterflies

Lovrenčić, Leona (2012) Defensive mechanisms of butterflies. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Butterflies and moths belong to the large order of insects Lepidoptera, whose members are characterized by two pairs of large wings covered with scales which are the source of incredible variety of shapes, colors and patterns and a complete metamorphosis that marks the life cycle of four stages: egg, caterpillar, pupa and imago. At each stage they are exposed to the law of "survival of the fittest" so as a result of long-term interactions with predators they have developed various adaptations and defense mechanisms. This paper addresses the mechanisms that contribute to greater chances of survival and the existence of the species. There is a great variety of defensive mechanisms: camouflage, disguise, disruptive coloration, transparent wings, aposematism, mimicry, chemical defense.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Primc, Biserka
Date: 2012
Number of Pages: 23
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 11:07
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2996

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