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Butterflies

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The Viceroy butterfly and Monarch butterfly are mimics of one another. They both have a similar orange and black pattern on their wings and possess similar wing shapes. Both butterfly species are unpalatable to bird predators, yet both butterflies belong to two different species.

This similar appearance is most likely due to which evolutionary mechanism?

A

Sympatric speciation

B

Sexual selection

C

Convergent evolution

D

Divergent evolution

E

Allopatric speciation