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What Butterflies See

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.

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

Butterfly wing pattern

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

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Butterfly wing pattern

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

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.