Evolutionary Convergence

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian
February 3, 2016
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James Di Loreto / Smithsonian

A photo of the modern owl butterfly (Caligo Memnon) shown below a fossilized Kalligrammatid lacewing (Oregramma illecebrosa) shows some of the convergent features independently evolved by the two distantly-related insects, including wing eyespots and wing scales.

Credit: James Di Loreto / Smithsonian