Macrocilix maia. In a strikingly specific instance...
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Image #cld1929570
SpeciesMacrocilix maia
LocalitySabah, Malaysia
DescriptionIn a strikingly specific instance of mimicry, the patterns on the wings of this moth appear to resemble two flies feeding at a glistening bird dropping. This, coupled with a pungent odor that the moth emits, may be enough to dissuade a predator from considering a meal. Although flies are certainly edible, they nevertheless sometimes serve as models for mimicry because they are so quick and agile that most birds won't bother pursuing them 
Keywordsanimal | borneo | drepanidae | fauna | insect | lepidoptera | mimicry | moth


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