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Mimicry--Deception as a Means of Survival

Ghost Flower, the mimic that does not produce nectar
Sand Blazing Star, the model which is mimicked

In the animal kingdom, camouflage and mimicry are well-known amongst scientists and sometimes the general population. Felines may have stripes to help them blend into grasslands or spots to mimic dappled light in tropical forests, arctic hares fur and owls plumage turn white in winter so that they are not visible against the snow.  Harmless insects mimic stinging wasps, and the Viceroy butterfly is almost identical to a Monarch at first glance. Monarch larvae feeds solely on milkweed (Ascelpias) species which contain bitter toxic compounds and are unpalatable to predators.

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