Monthly Archives: July 2012

 

“The Redder the Better” . . . Sometimes

Posted 26 July 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Nature is a wonder of color: flowering plants are the kaleidoscopes of many landscapes, and animals ranging from flatworms to parrots display a rainbow of shades and hues.  Color is often appreciated for its aesthetic value alone, but in reality it often carries great functional significance. An animal’s hues and patterns may help it to hide from predators, attract mates, or signal that it wields a toxin or sting that potential attackers would be wise to avoid.  Two recent studies,... Read more