© Copyright Dan L. Perlman, 2005-2007

Aposematic coloration, Viceroy butterfly

Aposematic coloration in Viceroy butterfly, USA. Viceroy butterflies have long been thought to be palatable mimics of Monarchs, which are known to be distasteful and toxic. More recently, ecologists have determined that both Viceroys and Monarchs are distasteful, making this a classic example of Mullerian mimicry in which both species benefit by looking like another distasteful species. Bright and memorable color patterns like this are called aposematic coloring, and the coloration acts as a warning to potential predators.


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title Aposematic_coloration, Viceroy_butterfly, EL_DP742
group Monarch and Viceroy
common name Butterfly, Viceroy
scientific name Limenitis archippus
taxonomic group Nymphalidae
continent North America
country USA
date1 yyyymmdd 20000820
source Dan L. Perlman
Selection and adaptations Coloration
Coloration Aposematic coloration;Mimicry
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Mimicry and Camouflage

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