Butterflies can acquire new scent preferences and pass these on to their offspring, ScienceDaily, 4 February 2020

ScienceDaily and various scientific publications such as Scienmag and Phys.org reported on the research led by Yale-NUS Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro, which found that both Bicyclus anynana caterpillars and adult butterflies can learn to prefer new odours if they are exposed to them during their development or early in life. The researchers also found that the offspring of the exposed caterpillars and butterflies show the same new preferences as their parents, even though they were not exposed themselves, indicating that their parents have passed their new acquired preferences to their children.

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