Butterfly Mimicry


The Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae) feeds on the Red Powderpuff (Calliandra haematocephala) alongside the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), who hovers above it.

Although different species, the similarity of their appearances has been attributed to mimicry, where the Common Mormon females have evolved to resemble their very much less delicious friends.

Considered “unpalatable,” the Common Rose contains poisons in its body, sequestered from its larval food plant, and secretes foul-smelling substances when attacked. The Common Mormon thus hopes its predators are bamboozled into mistaking their identity.


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