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Can the wing of a butterfly and the wing of a bat be considered homologous organs? Why or why not?



  • Both butterflies and bats use wings for flying .
  • But the structures of the wings are different .


  • Structure of bat wings is skin stretched over elongated fingers
  • In butterflies , the wing is a stretched membrane with no structural similarity to bat wings.


  • Their origin and structure are different but function is the same
  • These are Analogous Characteristics and bat and butterfly hence may have undergone Convergent Evolution .

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