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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2002, Metamorphosis Volume 13, Issue 2: 51 - 57
Publication Date : 2002-06-30
Author/s : Alf Curle

Title :

A recent observation in the Eastern Cape province leads to a new hypothesis regarding the possible mimicry of Papilio demodocus by Aeropetes tulbaghia and the presence of two newly discovered species of Lepidoptera in the same habitat

Abstract :

The proposed classification of visual signals emanating from the wings of African Lepidoptera by Staude and Curle at the Inaugural Conference on African Lepidoptera in Nairobi, Kenya in May 1977 served to heighten the authors’ awareness of other associations which might not be so obvious.  During recent visits to the hills and mountains of the Eastern Cape province, for the purpose of studying recently discovered species of Lepidoptera, it was found that four species which fly together are easily confused with one another when on the wing.  It was the speculated that size alone might not be the only factor determining the mimetic relationship between Papilio demodocus and Aeropetes tulbaghia as is suggested by Henning in his paper “An Introduction to African and Southern African Satyrinae” (1997).

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Keywords:

Lepidoptera, mimicry, Visual signals, crypsis, survival strategies, physical inedibility, chemical inedibility, unpalatability.

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