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2015-04-04 10:50:21

The dusky dottyback is a master of disguise, slowly infiltrating the family of its prey before it eats their young. Yikes.

amazonian chick
2015-02-24 08:44:14

In a study published in the January 2015 issue of The American Naturalist, Gustavo A. Londoño, Duván Garcia, and Manuel Sánchez Martínez report a novel nesting strategy observed in a tropical lowland bird that inhabits an area with very high losses to nest predators.

Draco cornutus
2014-12-25 12:13:16

One tiny tree-dwelling lizard in Boreno displays these colors year-round, not as a tribute to the Captain of Man's Salvation, but as a way of appearing like a falling leaf as it glides from branch to branch. The camouflage keeps it from being easily spotted by birds and other predators.

Single Evolutionary Road May Lead To Rome
2014-09-10 03:52:50

A well-known biologist once theorized that many roads led to Rome when it comes to two distantly related organisms evolving a similar trait.

octopus camouflage
2014-08-19 06:56:35

Drawing inspiration from the color-changing capabilities of cephalopod skin, researchers have developed a new camouflage sheet capable of quickly reading its environment and adapting to mimic its surroundings.

Butterfly Wing Color Changes In New Yale Research
2014-08-07 03:19:40

Yale University scientists have chosen the most fleeting of mediums for their groundbreaking work on biomimicry: They've changed the color of butterfly wings.

Birds Evolved Distinctive Patterns To Identify Cuckoo Eggs From Their Own
2014-06-19 03:13:09

For some birds, recognizing their own eggs can be a matter of life or death.

Colorful 'Eyespots' On The Wings Of Butterflies Add Detail To The Story Of Evolution
2014-05-28 03:38:55

A new study of the colorful "eyespots" on the wings of some butterfly species is helping to address fundamental questions about evolution that are conceptually similar to the quandary Aristotle wrestled with about 330 B.C. – "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

Birds Accept And Raise Brood Parasites’ Young For Fear Of Retaliation
2014-04-18 14:50:57

mafia-like behaviour is observed in parasitic birds, which lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

Earliest Stick Insect Fossils Discovered
2014-03-20 08:06:36

scientists discovered three specimens, one female and two males, belonging to a new fossil stick insect referred to as Cretophasmomima melanogramma, in Inner Mongolia at the Jehol locality


Latest Mimicry Reference Libraries

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2007-02-25 21:04:29

Combtooth blennies are blennioids; perciform marine fish of the family Blenniidae. They are the largest family of blennies, with approximately 371 species in 53 genera represented. Combtooth blennies are found in tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; some species are also found in brackish and even freshwater environments. Physical description The body plan of the Combtooth blennies is archetypal to all other blennioids; their blunt heads and eyes...

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2005-09-08 11:25:28

Flower-flies (also known as hover-flies) are a family of flies (Diptera), with the scientific name of "Syrphidae". As their names suggests, they are most often seen around flowers. The adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In certain species, the larvae are saprophytes, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In others, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other...

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2005-08-25 10:17:06

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly with easily identifiable orange and black wings. The females have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released. Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. They make massive southward migrations from August through October. A northward migration takes place in the spring. During these migrations the females...

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Word of the Day
chickabiddy
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.
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