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Mimicry and Camouflage 3

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The startle display of an eyespot moth (Saturniidae) in the tropical rainforest of Trinidad.

A lanternfly (Fulgoridae) or peanut-headed bug in Trinidad exhibits a large false head with markings like a row of teeth.Aposematic or warning coloration of a millipede (Diplopoda) from a rainforest in Venezuela.
monarch caterpillar Floridapapya fruitfly Floridahornworm caterpillar Florida 
Warning or aposematic coloration advertises the foul taste that a monarch butterfly caterpillar (Danaidae) achieves from feeding on the poisonous leaves of milkweed plants.The papaya fruit fly (Tephritidae) is a Batesian mimic of paper wasps in Florida.Eyespots and posture give this sphinx moth caterpillar (Sphingidae) in Florida the appearance of a snake. 
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A tropical rainforest silkmoth caterpillar (Saturniidae) bristles with urticating spines in the Amazon Basin of Peru.A yellowjacket model (left/Vespidae) and a clearwing moth mimic (right/Sesiidae) are part of a Batesian mimicry ring in Florida.Milkweed bugs (Lygaeidae) exhibit bright warning colors broadcasting their distastefulness from the milkweed sap they suck. 
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