Paint It Black

Gynandromorph Tiger Swallowtail exhibits male color pattern on left and female color on right.
Photo: James K Adams http://www.livescience.com

In butterflies, color and color patterns are essential for mate recognition and are used in defenses such as crypsis, warning coloration, disruption of visual tracking and mimicry. In the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, males and females exhibit drastically different color patterns, with the female mimicking the unpalatable Pipeline…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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