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Variations in the Arrangement of Sensory Bristles along Butterfly Wing Margins.
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PMID:  21627453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The surfaces of insect wings exhibit numerous sensilla, which have been suggested to have a behavioral function. Some evidence suggests that the sensory bristles along the wing margin of lepidopteran insects (butterflies and moths) are involved in the regulation of wing movement. We investigated the arrangement of sensory bristles along the wing margins of 62 species of papilionoid butterflies, using light-microscopic examination of mounts of whole wings after removing the scales surrounding the bristles. In the majority of the wings examined, bristles were located on the ventral wing surfaces and were continuously distributed along the wing margins, except in the vicinity of the wing bases. In some wings, bristles were also located on the dorsal wing surfaces, and were continuously or discontinuously distributed along the wing margins of different species. In a minority of the species studied, we observed bristle distribution in the vicinity of the wing base, discontinuous bristle distribution on both the dorsal and ventral wing surfaces, or an absence of bristles along the wing margins. This variation in the arrangement of bristles along the wing margins is discussed in relation to the reception and transmission of sensory information in the wings.
Akihiro Yoshida; Jun Emoto
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoological science     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0289-0003     ISO Abbreviation:  Zool. Sci.     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702287     Medline TA:  Zoolog Sci     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  430-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
1 JT Biohistory Research Hall, 1-1 Murasaki-cho, Takatsuki, Osaka 569-1125, Japan.
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