The African Mocker swallowtail represents one of the most interesting and puzzling cases of evolution in the animal world. The males are distributed throughout all of sub-Saharan Africa and look the same. However, the females exist in at least 14 different variations with more waiting to be discovered. This makes the butterfly a favorite subject of geneticists who have long been interested in the mechanisms by which a single gene can produce so many difference varieties. The females are also mimics of several distasteful butterflies of different species to deter predators.
Framed MOCKER SWALLOWTAIL Details:
• 99% UV blocking conservation glass and acid & lignin free mounting papers.
• Gallery quality wood shadowbox frame with hanger
• Antique style museum label with natural history story about the specimen.
• Gift box
• Handmade in Sonoma County California
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