I am travelling right now and won’t have much time to write for a couple of days. In the meantime I thought I’d share this excellent post on the blog “Why Evolution Is True.” It isn’t specifically about photography, but it has some great photos and mimicry is always a fascinating topic!
The panoply of mimetic plants and animals in nature is endless, and scientists are always discovering more cases. A really cool one is described in two papers cited below, summarized by Morgan Jackson in his Biodiversity in Focus website, from which I’ve taken the pictures (they’re from the second paper cited below, one that I cannot access).
I have read the Hespenheide paper, which you can dowload for free, and it describes a group of diverse Neotropical beetles with an unusual pattern: their head and front part of the thorax is red, the rest of the thorax is black, often marked with white to yellowish stripes, and the tips of the “elytras” (hardened wing covers) are golden yellow to pale gray. Hespenheide describes at least 60 species of beetles in five families that have this pattern. Here’s one example from the Vannin and Guerra paper, which I’ve taken from…
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