Batesian Mimicry: A Moth Fly in Hornet’s Clothing

Harmless animals that mimic dangerous ones are displaying Batesian mimicry. The harmless hornet fly displays bold yellow and black warning colors similar to those on predatory, venomous, stinging hornets.

With Batesian mimicry, the harmless animal is called the “mimic;” the dangerous one is the “model.”

Fun Facts

How do all alligators look different from crocodiles? The standard rule is this: When a croc’s mouth is closed, the fourth pair of teeth on its lower jaw is visible. On alligators these teeth are covered up.
Fun Fact - gator croc difference

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