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Butterfly mimics of ants

Large blue butterflies are notable for their rarity and ability to dupe ants, and they are endangered. A genetic reconstruction of how social parasitism evolved among them will overturn conservation priorities.

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Thomas, J., Settele, J. Butterfly mimics of ants. Nature 432, 283–284 (2004).

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