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Morphing embryo wings spots to adult wings

by Phillip Thurtle

“Distalless expression in larval wing imaginal discs in both Junonia sp. and Bicyclus sp. is correlated with the eyespots in adult wings,” morphs still images of developing wing spots in two different genus of nymphalid butterflies the Junonia (shown above, commonly known as the “buckeye”) and the Bicyclus (commonly known as the “Bush brown”). He does this by morphing embryo wing discs stained with fluorescing anti-distalless antibodies into adult an adult butterfly wing. The movie is intended to bring home how well the correlation of position of the spots staining for anti-distalless with the eye spots of the adult butterflies. The use of morphing software helps the viewer better correlate the stained spots with the adult wing spots

Use of morphing showing Distal-less expression in butterfly wing spots

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Distalless expression in larval wing imaginal discs in both Junonia sp. and Bicyclus sp. is correlated with the eyespots in adult wings. (Images by Julie Gates and Steve Paddock; morphing by Eric Hazen) featured in "Learning to Fly".

from http://carroll.molbio.wisc.edu/movies.html (1998)
Creator: Julie Gates, Steve Paddock, and Eric Hazen
Distributor: http://carroll.molbio.wisc.edu/movies.html
Posted by Phillip Thurtle
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