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Monarch Butterfly Aberration
Danaus plexippus

These aberrations were not collected from the wild.
These butterflies were from a recessive gene that showed up in the breeding stock at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm.
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
The wings of these butterflies tatter easily.
The outer 1/3 of the wings
do not have supporting veins.
Four different aberrant
Monarch butterflies
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
Without supporting veins,
the wings are wavy even when dry.
Viens (support for the wings) are
missing in the outer 1/3 of the wings.
A normal male Monarch is paired
with a female aberrant.
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
aberrant Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
Two aberrant Monarchs pairing
Three male Monarch aberrations
Monarch aberrant
An aberration paired with an aberration resulted in 100% aberration offspring. An aberration paired with a normal Monarch butterfly resulted in fewer aberrations.