Papilio Memnon butterfly

Papilio Memnon butterfly

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Caption: The Great Mormon, latin name Papilio memnon, is a species of butterfly belonging to the swallowtail family. It is a relatively large butterfly having black fore wings with a marked red spot close to the front body, while the underside is dark-brown. The female is polymorphic and practices mimesis, that is imitating behaviour. The Great Mormon is widely distributed in east and southern Asia and has thirteen subspecies.

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Keywords: asia, asian, behavior, black, butterfly, dark brown, east asia, great mormon, imitation, imitative, insect, insects, large, mimesis, mimetic, papilio memnon, polymorphic, south asia

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