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If the species being mimicked, the monarch butterfly, for instance, were to become extinct, would the species mimicking it loose all of the benefit gained by their Batesian mimicry immediately?

I realize that the Monarch may be a poor example as it is a Müllerian mimic with the Viceroy butterfly, however their ranges do not overlap everywhere. Would the extinction of the monarch reduce the ranges of Batesian mimics to that of the Viceroy?

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