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Friday Fact - Drumming Butterflies

By December 28, 2012

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Some butterflies "drum" on leaf surfaces before depositing eggs. A female butterfly looking for an appropriate place to oviposit will land on a leaf, and briefly tap the leaf surface with her front feet. By doing so, she receives a steady stream of information from her tarsal receptors (the same ones she uses to taste her food), and can analyze whether the plant in question has the right chemical composition for her offspring.


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