Batesian

Batesian

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

People used to think that hippos sweated blood. They do not. Instead, hippo skin secretes red hipposudoric acid, which works like a sunscreen to protect the sparsely haired beast from the burning rays of the sun.
Fun Fact - hippo

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