The beginning of the Ars Technica article Gene editing crunches an organism’s genome into single, giant DNA molecule begins:
Complex organisms have complex genomes. While bacteria and archaea keep all of their genes on a single loop of DNA, humans scatter them across 23 large DNA molecules called chromosomes; chromosome counts range from a single chromosome in males of an ant species to more than 400 in a butterfly.
Thanks to @Remi.b for tracking down Lukhtanov (2015) The blue butterfly Polyommatus (Plebicula) atlanticus (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) holds the record of the highest number of chromosomes in the non-polyploid eukaryotic organisms.
Does mitosis happen in this species of butterfly cells, and if so, does the process that separates the pairs take place in a similar way mechanically to the way it happens in mammal cells such as the 23 pairs in human cells even though there seems to be almost twenty times the number of individual chromosomes?
Has the mechanics of this process ever been imaged or visualized?
above: " Image of the mitotic spindle in a human cell showing microtubules in green, chromosomes (DNA) in blue, and kinetochores in red." from here