The occurrence and function of the sphragis in the zerynthiine genera Zerynthia, Allancastria and Bhutanitis (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Papilionidae)

@article{Matsumoto2018TheOA,
  title={The occurrence and function of the sphragis in the zerynthiine genera Zerynthia, Allancastria and Bhutanitis (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Papilionidae)},
  author={K. Matsumoto and A. Orr and M. Yago},
  journal={Journal of Natural History},
  year={2018},
  volume={52},
  pages={1351 - 1376}
}
  • K. Matsumoto, A. Orr, M. Yago
  • Published 2018
  • Biology
  • Journal of Natural History
  • ABSTRACT In some butterfly species males attach a large external mating plug termed a sphragis to the female abdomen during mating. This is derived from male accessory secretions and covers the female ostium bursae and surrounding areas, thus preventing or delaying remating. Specimens of all 12 species of the genera Zerynthia, Allancastria and Bhutanitis (Lepidoptera: papilionidae), which form a natural clade within the Zerynthiini, were examined for presence or absence of a sphragis and their… CONTINUE READING
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