True Facts: The Crazy Defenses of Butterflies and Moths | Ze Frank

A glasswing butterfly at a flower. Credit: Nipam Patel

This cheeky, funny mini-doc on "The Crazy Defenses of Moths and Butterflies" is actually based on real science. Among those contributing expertise behind the scenes were 澳门马会传真Director Nipam Patel and members of his lab, including Rachel Thayer, Aaron Pomerantz, and Damien Gailly. A list of the resources they provided is below.

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Research articles:

Thayer, R. C., & Patel, N. H. (2023).听A meta-analysis of butterfly structural colors鈥: their color range , distribution and biological production.听J Exp Biol., DOI:
Thayer, R. C., Allen, F. I., & Patel, N. H. (2020). Structural color in Junonia butterflies evolves by tuning scale lamina thickness.听eLife, DOI:

Dinwiddie, A. et al. (2014) Dynamics of F-actin prefigure the structure of butterfly wing scales.
Developmental Biology, DOI: