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Sensory ecology of feeding in the hummingbird hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum (Lepidoptera : Sphingidae)

Kelber, Almut LU and Balkenius, Anna LU (2007) In Entomologia Generalis 29(2-4). p.97-110
Abstract
The European hummingbird hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus 1758), drinks nectar while hovering in front of flowers of all colours, odours, sizes and shapes. Naive moths orient predominantly towards visual stimuli and prefer blue flowers with a radial pattern and a central contrasting spot. Hummingbird hawkmoths have trichromatic colour vision and can learn any colour and different patterns and sizes of flowers. Odour learning, however, depends on flower colour and docs, not take place when the colour is very attractive on its own.
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olfaction, nectar, colour preference, learning, colour vision
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Entomologia Generalis
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29
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2-4
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97 - 110
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E. Schweizerbart Science Publishers
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0171-8177
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English
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  abstract     = {The European hummingbird hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus 1758), drinks nectar while hovering in front of flowers of all colours, odours, sizes and shapes. Naive moths orient predominantly towards visual stimuli and prefer blue flowers with a radial pattern and a central contrasting spot. Hummingbird hawkmoths have trichromatic colour vision and can learn any colour and different patterns and sizes of flowers. Odour learning, however, depends on flower colour and docs, not take place when the colour is very attractive on its own.},
  author       = {Kelber, Almut and Balkenius, Anna},
  issn         = {0171-8177},
  keyword      = {olfaction,nectar,colour preference,learning,colour vision},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2-4},
  pages        = {97--110},
  publisher    = {E. Schweizerbart Science Publishers},
  series       = {Entomologia Generalis},
  title        = {Sensory ecology of feeding in the hummingbird hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum (Lepidoptera : Sphingidae)},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2007},
}