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  • n. Plural form of eyespot.


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  • These minimal eyes, called eyespots, resemble the 'proto-eyes' suggested by Charles Darwin as the first eyes to appear in animal evolution.

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  • Even two eyespots on a computer screen background are enough to boost generosity.


  • The Spicebush Swallowtail has evolved a large pair of false eyespots and bold yellow and blue markings to frighten off potential predators.

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  • With eyespots faded almost to nothing, blinded by the sun, it was as if the creature had only slowly, and jealously, let go of the urge to outwit its predators.

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  • They pumped up their crumpled wings, showing off dark eyespots, and with a few beats they took off down the hallway.

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  • Dig deeper still, however, and all these eyes—octopus eyes, human eyes, fly eyes, spider eyes, flatworm eyespots—have a common master regulator gene, called Pax-6 in vertebrates and eyeless in flies.

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  • Through a microscope they look like teardrops equipped with fluttering legs and a pair of dark eyespots.

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  • The butterflies, with red and yellow wing markings and bright blue eyespots, have such a taste for citrus leaves that they often strip trees of all but their branches.

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  • Size doesn't matter, at least not the size of the eyespots on a male butterfly's wings when female butterflies consider potential mates.

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  • Instead, females are attracted to the "sparkle" created by the ultraviolet reflectivity of the pupils, the white circles at the center of eyespots, according to new research from University at Buffalo biologists.

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