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Aberrant color patterns in the Papilio and an update on the semi-melanic "fletcheri" variants, including females (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae).

  title={Aberrant color patterns in the Papilio and an update on the semi-melanic "fletcheri" variants, including females (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae).},
  author={J. M. Scriber and H. Romack and M. Deering},
  journal={Journal of The Lepidopterists Society},
Specimens resembling the male melanic aberration called “fletcheri” have been reported since the 1800’s, primarily from Papilio canadensis populations across northern USA and Canada. These records have generally exhibited similar but very distinctive wing color patterns on the upper and undersides, especially the orange and blue on the hindwings. This paper reviews the 120-year history of “fletcheri”type records and presents a number of new records, including some from P. glaucus and one from P… Expand
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