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Sun Compass and Wind Drift Compensation in Migrating Butterflies

  • Robert B. Srygley (a1) and and Evandro G. Oliveira (a2)

Migrating pierid butterflies use a sun compass in order to head in a preferred flight direction. When blown off-course by the wind, butterflies adjust their heading to compensate for cross-track wind drift. They are capable of drift compensation over water when and where landmarks are visible on the shore. They are also capable of a more inaccurate form of drift compensation over the sea when and where landmarks are not visible.

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The Journal of Navigation
  • ISSN: 0373-4633
  • EISSN: 1469-7785
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-navigation
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