Asian butterfly has venom similar to that of sea snail, study says

10/16/2012 | LiveScience.com

The wings of Asian butterfly Hebomoia glaucippe contains venom similar to that of predatory sea snail Conus marmoreus, according to a study in the online version of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The species might use the poison as a defense instead of a weapon since it has many predators, including birds, orchid mantis and ants, researchers wrote.

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