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  • 01 January, 2023

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Butterflies Adaption

Butterflies Adaption

  • Many intriguing facets of butterflies' adaptation and evolution processes have just come to light
  • In the Western Ghats of Karnataka, a study on many species of butterflies and their mimicry characteristics was done.

What are the Study's Highlights?

The results were divided into three categories:

  • The species that are poisonous to predators serve as models.
  • Batesian Mimicry Species: Those that adopted poisonous or unappealing features to stave off predators.
  • Species that are closely related to Batesian mimics but did not evolve mimicry traits are known as non-mimetic species.
  • Models and Mimics are terms used to describe the disagreeable and the agreeable.
  • Butterflies that have evolved to use mimicry, advance more quickly than those species that do not.
  • Batesian mimics have evolved similar wing colorations and flight patterns as a means of avoiding predators.
  • Analysis showed that members of mimetic societies had evolved more quickly than their distant relatives, in addition to color patterns evolving at a far faster rate.
  • Butterflies come in a variety of colors and colour patterns, indicating that the genetic architecture underlying wing patterns and pigmentation are relatively pliable and adaptable.

What Purpose Does Western Ghats Serve?

  • The Western Ghats are a series of mountains that stretches from the states of Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka along India's Western Coast.


  • The Ghats have an impact on the Indian monsoon weather patterns, which moderate the area's mild tropical temperature.
  • They serve as a barrier against the south-westerly monsoon winds that carry rain.
  • Tropical evergreen forests and 325 internationally endangered species can be found in the Western Ghats

Source: The Hindu

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