Did You Know Butterflies Are Legally Blind?

Butterfly Vision

As you can see, what butterflies and most insects see is something that is less sharp than humans can see. This is why we say that by human standards, they are legally blind. Butterflies can also see some colors humans cannot.

human vs insect

Visit our page on the colors animals see to learn more about color vision in animals.


 

Additional images provided by Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin from Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Article: What Butterflies See
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: January 8, 2010
  • Date accessed: February 23, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/butterfly-vision

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Dr. Biology. (2010, January 08). What Butterflies See. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved February 23, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/butterfly-vision

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "What Butterflies See". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 08 January, 2010. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/butterfly-vision

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Dr. Biology. "What Butterflies See". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 08 Jan 2010. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 23 Feb 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/butterfly-vision

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

Could butterfly vision and their amazing patterns and colors be related?

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