Today’s post brought to you by the letter G

ADC4AE41-6EDB-466B-B82A-4C769FA119E1
Gooooooaaallll!
0BE02383-27C5-400D-8F16-49F2B4F30FFE
Gabrielle’s Galoshes

196D82D4-17CD-4254-8A1A-EEAB6DACD136

I was looking at some of Matthew Inman’s cartoons today (The Oatmeal).  He had one about how butterflies have five types of color receptors in their eyes,  while mantis shrimp (which are indeed awesome) have 16. I was looking online and saw that one species of butterfly in Australia and Japan, the common bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon), has 15 types of color receptors, and originally thought that was a new finding that applied to all species. On closer reading, it seems most other butterfly species (still) have only four or five (humans have only three), as Inman said. So my infographic is not quite correct. Anyway, it’s interesting to think what other colors might exist that we can’t see.  Perhaps butterflies can even see Octarine.

cropped-image

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s