Natalie Huntingdon

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Escaping predation and finding food are challenges faced by all living creatures. Hiding and hunting are obvious solutions, but many animals – both prey and predator – have evolved a more subtle approach. By disguising themselves as other animals, plants or even inanimate objects, mimics and camouflaged creatures have an evolutionary advantage over their less duplicitous counterparts.

Repeating Patterns of Mimicry. Mimicry occurs when aposematic species evolve to resemble each other, presumably to reduce predator sampling rates. The Heliconius butterflies from the Americas are a good example.