Tuesday 25 July 2017

Garden Tiger moths

The effect of environment
was under investigation
when Sidebotham took
several thousand Garden
Tiger moth larvae (Arctia
caja) and raised them in
separate lots on different
food plants (Sidebotham
1870b). There was no ef-
fect of diet on colour over
two generations, but he
did note that hind wing
colour differed between
stocks collected at differ-
ent locations. Specimens
in his collection illustrate
variation from almost
white forewings to almost
black, and some differenc-
es in hind wing colour (Fig
2). The inheritance of wing patterns has still not been properly invesgated (Rob-
inson 1971)

Joseph Sidebotham’s Lepidoptera. (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301771434_Joseph_Sidebotham%27s_Lepidoptera accessed Jul 25, 2017

1 comment:

  1. Joseph Sidebotham experimented with Gt's as part of his research into Darwin's theory of evolution so not just to produce pretty moths!
    Manchester Museum holds his collections.
    Apologies for spacing of this post: copy and paste anomalies!


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