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2011-04-04 21:23:12

Caterpillars that masquerade as twigs to avoid becoming a bird's dinner are actually using clever behavioral strategies to outwit their predators.

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2011-03-14 10:50:07

Sex and violence, or at least death, are the key to reproduction for the orchid Satyrium pumilum.

2010-12-23 17:31:03

When prowling for a hook up, it's not always the good-looker who gets the girl.

2010-11-22 13:31:06

For centuries, hunters have imitated their avian prey by whistling through their fingers or by carving wooden bird calls.

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2010-10-15 08:35:00

Eastern marsh helleborine mimics aphid alarm pheromones to attract pollinators.

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2010-08-26 12:40:00

The evolutionary history of the Thaumoctopus mimicus lineage reveals the steps it took to become a master of disguise.

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2010-07-09 07:50:00

First experiments suggest that synchronous male flashing is more recognizable to females.

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2010-05-31 09:05:06

Scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colors found on the wings of tropical butterflies.

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2010-03-04 08:10:00

On the open sand plains of the Caribbean seafloor, where soft-bodied animals are routinely exposed to predators, camouflage can be key to survival.

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2010-02-16 15:17:28

Butterfly experts have suspected for more than 150 years that vision plays a key role in explaining wing color diversity.


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
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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