Butterfly Pupae Mimmicking Mammalian (or Vertebrate) Faces.

G. O. Krizek


Presented are two pictures of Nearctic Rhopaloceran pupae. One of them, Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius), Lycaenidae, is well known for its resemblance to a monkey's face. The other chrysalis, belonging to Papilio glaucus Linnaeus, has, to my knowledge, as yet never attracted the attention of zoologists, esp. lepidopterists—as mimicking—at least in some possibly atypical individuals, the mammalian (or vertebrate) face. One such interesting specimen is demonstrated.


chrysalis; Feniseca; illusion; Lycaenidae; mimicry; natural deception; Papilio; Papilionidae; pupa; Spalgis


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