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A half male, half female butterfly emerged from its cocoon at the Natural History Museum in London. The keepers at the museum were amazed to see the stunning butterfly. The keepers recognized the nature of the butterfly after they saw that there was a great difference between its wing colors and other features. One wing of the butterfly was bright yellow wing and other was brown and dusty.
The butterfly had a 10cm long wingspan and is almost black on its male side. The female side of the butterfly was quiet paler, with clearly visible flecks of blue, red and tortoiseshell. Examination of the butterfly revealed that the butterfly had one antenna longer than the other and had a clasp on its abdomen. The male and female reproductive organs of the butterfly were fused down in the middle.
Luke Brown, Manager of Sensational Butterflies said that as the reproductive organs of the butterfly are fused together, they will be infertile.
Blanca Huertas, Curator of butterflies at the museum, said, “The gynandromorph butterfly is a fascinating scientific phenomenon, and is the product of complex evolutionary processes, it is fantastic to have discovered one hatching on museum grounds, particularly as they are so rare”.