2023 Author: Adelina Croftoon | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-30 23:26
In the London Museum of Natural History, a unique butterfly hatched from a pupa.
She is both male and female at the same time and has two different body halves with different wings. The curators of the museum were shocked to say the least.
The butterfly has a wingspan of 10 centimeters, its male side is black, and the female side is lighter and with a red speck. In addition, she has a different length of antennae, and on the abdomen, male and female organs are fused together.
A rare phenomenon owes its appearance to the fact that the chromosomes that provide the sex of the butterfly were not correctly distributed during fertilization. Gynandromorphs, that is, creatures whose different parts of the body have signs of different sexes, are found among butterflies only in 0.01% of cases.
The phenomenon of gynandromorphism, although extremely rare, extends not only to butterflies. Similar cases were also found among crabs, lobsters, spiders and even chickens. However, in species where representatives of both sexes look the same, this is much more difficult to notice.
By the way, the butterfly turned out to be sterile, it will not have offspring. She will live for about a month, after which she will take her place in the museum's collection.
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