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University of Chicago Medical Center

Papilio polytes Wing Patterns

Caption: Some female Papilio polytes butterfly display colors and patterns that mimic the wings of a toxic butterfly species (center column). Non-mimetic members of the same species flank the mimetic members (side columns). A single gene, doublesex, controls these patterns.

Credit: University of Chicago, Marcus Kronforst

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