Butterfly Pupae Mimmicking Mammalian (or Vertebrate) Faces.

G. O. Krizek

Abstract


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.

Keywords


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

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