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Colour vision in diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths

Kelber, Almut LU ; Balkenius, Anna LU and Warrant, Eric LU (2003) In Integrative and Comparative Biology 43(4). p.571-579
Abstract
Diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera) have three spectral types of receptor sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light. As avid flower visitors and pollinators, they use olfactory and visual cues to find and recognise flowers. Moths of the diurnal species Macroglossum stellatarum and the nocturnal species Deilephila elpenor, Hyles lineata and Hyles gallii use and learn the colour of flowers. Nocturnal species can discriminate flowers at starlight intensities when humans and honeybees are colour-blind. M. stellatarum can use achromatic, intensity-related cues if colour cues are absent, and this is probably also true for D. elpenor. Both species can recognise colours even under a changed illumination colour.
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571 - 579
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1557-7023
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10.1093/icb/43.4.571
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  abstract     = {Diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera) have three spectral types of receptor sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light. As avid flower visitors and pollinators, they use olfactory and visual cues to find and recognise flowers. Moths of the diurnal species Macroglossum stellatarum and the nocturnal species Deilephila elpenor, Hyles lineata and Hyles gallii use and learn the colour of flowers. Nocturnal species can discriminate flowers at starlight intensities when humans and honeybees are colour-blind. M. stellatarum can use achromatic, intensity-related cues if colour cues are absent, and this is probably also true for D. elpenor. Both species can recognise colours even under a changed illumination colour.},
  author       = {Kelber, Almut and Balkenius, Anna and Warrant, Eric},
  issn         = {1557-7023},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {571--579},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Integrative and Comparative Biology},
  title        = {Colour vision in diurnal and nocturnal hawkmoths},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/43.4.571},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2003},
}