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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.

Type

Journal article

Journal

C R Biol

Publication Date

08/2003

Volume

326

Pages

717 - 727

Keywords

Animals, Butterflies, Diffusion, Female, Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental, Larva, Male, Models, Biological, Pigmentation, Wings, Animal