Latest Mimicry Stories
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.
Breaking up may actually not be hard to do, say scientists who've found a population of tropical butterflies that may be on its way to a split into two distinct species.
Travelers to the neotropicsâ€”the tropical lands of the Americasâ€”might be forgiven for thinking that all of the colorful insects flittering over sunny puddles or among dense forest understory are butterflies.
Imitation and mimicry have long been an interesting part of human social behavior, but a recent study found that imitation may serve as a way for monkeys to form connections.
Two recently published studies show that some birds, parrots in particular, can "dance" to a musical beat.
Insects mistake buildings, cars and even roads for water, laying eggs that will never hatch and jeopardizing ecosystems, a U.S.
Ads for teenage products that depict sexual behavior blur the lines between what is acceptable and what is not, a U.S. researcher said.
Circular markings on creatures such as butterflies are effective against predators because they are conspicuous features, not because they mimic the eyes of the predatorsâ€™ own enemies
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...
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