Protective Display and Underwing Cryptic Markings in an East African Saturnioid

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1965
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GWYNNE M. D.
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THE normal daylight position of rest in many species of saturnioid is with the wings outstretched and the forewings folded back so as to cover the vivid hind-wing eye spots and their surrounding field of colour, leaving the remaining part of the hind-wings exposed to view. Cryptic coloration of the fore-wings and the exposed parts of the hind-wings is usually sufficiently well developed to ensure a measure of protection from predators when the insect is at rest either on bark or among dead leaves and woodland debris. The exposed fore-wing fenestrae with their yellow or brown edges simulate equally well algae and lichen on bark, or mould marks on dead leaves.
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Nature, 206 (4987), p. 957-958
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