ANIMAL RADIO HEADLINES
Friday, October 22, 2004
Can Butterflies Talk?
A researcher in Florida believes that they can and has
recorded audible clicks from the blue and white longwing butterflies that appear to be a form of communication.
The discovery was not on purpose, but was an accident.
Researcher, Mirian Hay-Roe, an entomologist at UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was studying a different
variety of butterflies, and sharing space with someone who was working with the blue and white longwings. She then noticed
that the longwing were chasing and bullying her butterflies, and making sounds at the same time.
Even though this is the first time sounds have been
heard coming from the blue and white longwing butterflies, Charles Darwin believed that the Hamadryas butterfly also used
sounds to attract mates.
The blue and white longwing butterflies are found in
South and Central America where they are usually found by the hundreds at night in the trees.