Category Archives: mimicry

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a snowy Monday (January 15, 2018); I’ll have some snow pictures shortly. It’s holiday in the U.S. since it’s Martin Luther King Day (always the third Monday in January, and, as you’ll see below, it’s also King’s actual birthday). Here’s today’s Google Doodle about King. Here are the final minutes of King’s […]

A Müllerian mimicry ring

Professor Ceiling Cat continues to be distressed at the lack of interest (reflected in comments, at least) on the science posts: those posts that are the hardest to write. Nevertheless, he persists. Here is a likely example of aposematic (warningly colored) mimics in different orders of insects having evolved to resemble each other (tweet courtesy […]

Caterpillar mimics scorpion or ant

Matthew emitted this tw**t showing what looks to be a remarkable case of mimicry: a caterpillar (Lepidopteran larva) mimicking a scorpion, and ant, or both. Scorpions are of course not insects but arachnids (like spiders) and have eight legs. Nevertheless, the mimicry is remarkable, and it’s hard to believe that this is anything but a […]

Frog and snake: mimicry or not?

Julius Csotonyi, described by Wikipedia as a Canadian “paleoartist” (illustrator of ancient life) and a natural history illustrator, has done some fantastic artwork, including producing dinosaur images for Canadian coins. You can see a lot of his art at his website. But now Csotonyi may have detected a case of Batesian mimicry between a tree frog […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Today we have a potpourri of miscellaneous photos (and one video). Tara Tanaka sends a specimen of my favorite genre of animal videos: newborn ducklings leaping into the water from their elevated nest. These are wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and there are only two this time (but see below). Here are Tara’s video notes (be […]

Here’s the katydid!

Did you find it? Here’s the original picture by Siggy, followed by the reveal, and then a photo of the insect on the lumber where he found it and on the lichen it seems to mimic. Original: Reveal: On a board: On lichen: Siggy added this: I found this PDF that seems to describe the same […]

Readers’ wildlife photo: spot the katydid

As I’m occupied today, there will be one wildlife photo, and it’ll be a “spot the. . . ” picture. It comes from reader Siegfried Gust, who sent other photos that I’ll include in the reveal. For now, spot the katydid, As Siegfried notes: Greetings from Costa Rica. I came across a lichen mimicking katydid […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (spider mimics frog!)

We have only two photos today, both from Lou Jost, who’s been busy in the rain forests of Ecuador. But they’re great pictures, and one apparently shows a form of mimicry new to me: an insect mimicking a frog. Lou sent this yesterday: In honor of your mimicry post today, here are two more mimics […]

It’s National Moth Week!

The first tw**t (I added others when I saw where this came from) is from naturalist and photographer Gil Wizen, who, like me, is a fan of mimicry. He’s given me permission to reproduce some of his stories and photos (like this amazing account of sexually-selected flies), and I’ll soon get around to that. In […]

Adorable (and cryptic) golden plover chicks

As usual, Matthew Cobb is the fount of all animal tw**ts. Here are two good ones: chicks of what I guess to be the European golden plover, Pluvialis apricaria. Very late golden plover hatchlings. Still beautiful! #fieldwork pic.twitter.com/yDBIxhTF0O — Camilo Carneiro (@Camilo_Carneiro) July 16, 2017 I have no idea whether this is camouflage for a mossy […]