Butterfly turned red to ward off predators

30 June 2017 | Research

A study by Assoc Prof Antonia Monteiro and PhD student Ms Jocelyn Wee, both from the Dept of Biological Sciences at NUS Faculty of Science, found that the red and yellow colours on the painted jezebel butterfly’s wings act as warning signals to predators. They also discovered that red is a novel colour introduced more recently in the butterfly’s lineage.