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:
► UV blocking conservation glass (so colors/details won’t fade)
► Museum quality shadowbox frame
► Archival materials (Acid and Lignin free mounting papers)
► 6” H x 6” W x 1¼ “ D. (choose frame color: black, walnut, white)
► Hook attached to hang on wall or can also stand on its own
► Natural history story about the specimen comes on a vintage style museum label.
► Gift box with info about sustainable butterfly origin and care of display.
► Professionally made by an entomologist in Sonoma County California.
FRAMED WITH UV BLOCKING GLASS:
UV rays are one of the most significant sources of degradation in museum artwork so we use Tru-Vue Conservation Clear UV blocking glass which blocks 99% of UV rays so you can enjoy your insect art for decades.
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