Latest Mimicry Stories
For centuries, hunters have imitated their avian prey by whistling through their fingers or by carving wooden bird calls.
Eastern marsh helleborine mimics aphid alarm pheromones to attract pollinators.
The evolutionary history of the Thaumoctopus mimicus lineage reveals the steps it took to become a master of disguise.
First experiments suggest that synchronous male flashing is more recognizable to females.
Scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colors found on the wings of tropical butterflies.
On the open sand plains of the Caribbean seafloor, where soft-bodied animals are routinely exposed to predators, camouflage can be key to survival.
Butterfly experts have suspected for more than 150 years that vision plays a key role in explaining wing color diversity.
How two butterfly species have evolved exactly the same striking wing color and pattern has intrigued biologists since Darwin's day.
Dark spots on flower petals are common across many angiosperm plant families and occur on flowers such as some lilies, orchids, and daisies.
A new study reveals the reason why orchids use sexual trickery to lure insect pollinators.
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...
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...
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...
- A trick or prank.