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Butterflies at that awkward age

Beautifully preserved specimens of butterflies from the Caribbean, caught maybe in the act of egg-laying some 20 million years ago, provide welcome grist to the mill of debate about butterfly history.

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Figure 1: Metalmarks past and present.


Figure 2: Relationships among the Lepidoptera — the butterflies (about 20,000 living species) and moths (ten times that number).


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