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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Winged Warning

To the Editors:

The Science Observer article “What’s All the Flap About?” (Fenella Saunders, January–February 2009) is interesting. However, it does not mention the interrelationships between the bright colors of butterflies (warning advertisements) and their toxicity to predators (particularly birds) or the nontoxic butterfly species that mimic the toxic ones. The hind wings add much surface area for coloration advertisement.

Ray C. Telfair II
Whitehouse, TX


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