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Papilio dardanus, is an African butterfly with several common names including
  • the flying handkerchief
  • mocker swallowtail
has been called “the most interesting butterfly in the world” (Poulton, 1924).The female of the species is a master of protective disguise. The female forms are remarkably diverse and mimic other butterflies, so protecting themselves against predators.Many of the at least 14 female forms mimic inedible butterflies.


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