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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Love and Pretending
This male Common Mormon Papilio polytes was flitting from flower to flower when he saw the female.
And his thoughts turned lightly to the dance of love.
The female Common Mormon was pretending to be a Crimson Rose butterfly. But this did not deter their dance of love.
The female often mimics the Common Rose or the Crimson Rose butterfly because the Roses taste horrible and the birds avoid them. This mimicry among the butterflies has been mentioned as long ago as 1864,in an article by Alfred Russel Wallace.