A tw**t from The Featured Creature led me to a description of this mantid on their home page. It may be Pogonogaster tristani, described in 1918, but information about it is very thin; there’s not even a type locality given in the Mantodea Species File, but it’s from the Neotropics.The FC website describes it, and […]
Category Archives: mimicry
Oy, how dispiriting to see people ignore religious child abuse because they’re busy trying to find a nightjar! Such is the unpredictability of the Internet. Earlier today, Matthew Cobb posted a photo of a cryptic nightjar sitting on its nest in dead leaves, and asked readers to spot it. Many succeeded after long effort, but […]
by Matthew Cobb This popped up in my Tw*tter feed from Morgan Jackson (aka @BioInFocus). He RT’d a photo from @ProjectNightjar. Click to see it full size. Don’t tell people where it is! Nightjars are my second-favourite birds, after swifts.
Several readers have called my attention to yet another amazing case of mimicry, this time in a tephritid fly (the “true” fruit flies). Most people became alerted to this by a semi-viral tw**t by Ziya Tong, which notes that “Goniurellia tridens is a 3-in-1 insect,” and that the photo below was taken by Peter Roosenschoon in […]
Nope, not an ant, but a spider. This photo of an ant-mimicking spider came to me from Chris Buddle via Geekinquestion via Matthew Cobb. I don’t know the species, but the mimicry is remarkable: the front legs are held out in front so they resemble the antennae of an ant (spiders have 8 legs, ants […]
Some of these you might have seen before; others you won’t have. And there’s some scientific explanation of how the patterns can change. Go here to see the video.
From Real Monstrosities via Ed Yong via Matthew Cobb comes one of the best cases of mimicry I’ve ever seen. Natural selection has been a fantastic artist here, giving a perfect illusion of three-dimensionality. In fact, this may be the most astonishing case of mimicry I know. It’s a moth from eastern Asia: Uropyia meticulodina—a […]
From Dr. Ross Piper (via Matthew Cobb), we have a type of mimicry I haven’t seen before: a spider stretching out its body to imitate a dead leaf. Piper also explains the details to an curious
Sadly, I’ve lost all the information about this photograph, including who took it and who sent it. A reverse image search has drawn a blank. Perhaps the reader who brought the picture below to my attention will fill in the blanks. At any rate, this is a moth—and I don’t even know the species—that is […]
This is undoubtedly a case of behavioral phenotype matching rather than evolution to match the background: h/t: Linda Grilli