Eyespots of the silkmoth caterpillar facing camera

Mimicry

Mimicry is when an animal or plant resembles another creature or inanimate object, either for defence or to gain other advantages. Pebble plants try not to be eaten by resembling stones, praying mantises hope to lure prey close by resembling flowers. The mimicking species may smell, sound or behave like the creature or object it is duplicating, not simply look like it. For example one type of firefly mimics the light flashes and pheremones of another in order to catch and eat it.

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