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Homeotic Mutation  (JPEG)

Homeotic Mutation (JPEG)

An exceedingly rare example of a natural homeotic mutation, where in this case, there is some hindwing scaling/colouration on the right forewing of a wild-caught male Peruvian Parides erlaces butterfly. Wing pattern formation in lepidoptera is the subject of much research and scientists have developed mutant lines that regularly exhibit homeosis, as in the case of Precis coenia.

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