Among the things that can make curating collections fun is coming across various biological phenomena. This week, I was sorting some North American swallowtail butterflies and promptly came across the phenomenon of mimicry, exemplified in this photo of the toxic Pipe-vine swallowtail and its various non-toxic mimics. Test yourself to see whether you can recognize them. When you’re ready to check your guesses, click on the link below the photo, and it will take you to the key.
How many species are figured? Can you identify them? Which one is the model and which ones are mimics? Click on this link to check your answers.