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RESEMBLANCES AMONG ANIMALS

leaves conjoined. This effect is produced by the lobes of the brain, which can be clearly seen through the transparent headroof.

An example which pictures a human face almost as strikingly as in the Taira crab is seen in the chrysalis of the butterfly, Feniseca tarquinius, Fig. 5.[1] For here the resemblance is developed in remarkable

 

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Fig. 5. Pupa of the Butterfly, Feniseca tarquineus. (Cut loaned from Entomological News, through the kindness of its editor, Dr. Skinner.)

detail, with forehead wrinkles, eyebrows and lids, aquiline nose, thin determined lips and straight mouth—all in this case as palpably Caucasian as the Taira face was proto-Japanese. If the present photograph had been taken from a larial mask of Tarquin himself, it could hardly appear more human!

A second pupa-portrait is given in Fig. 6, in the case of Spalgis S-signata Hol. In this instance not only are the characters of Feniseca paralleled, but there appear hair (frankly not a vast chevalure) on the "head," pupil in the "eyes," and the general appearance in grotesque of the head of a chimpanzee. Not remarkable, therefore, that the habitat of the "mimicking" insect is West Africa!

A third pupa portrait, Fig. 7, again a Feniseca,[2] but I do not know

  1. For the permission to use this figure, and the loan of the cut itself, we are greatly indebted to Dr. Skinner, the editor of the Entomological News.
  2. For this I am indebted to Professor Wheeler.