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Sex, lies and butterflies

Variation in an evolutionarily conserved sexual-differentiation gene, doublesex, has been found to explain how females of one species of butterfly mimic the colour patterns of several toxic species to avoid predation. See Letter p.229

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Figure 1: Female-specific mimicry.

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