Metalmark Moth mimics jumping spider predator

EcuadorMegadiversoPublished: June 25, 2018Updated: June 27, 20182,876 views
Published: June 25, 2018Updated: June 27, 2018

With their raised wings and the eye-like pattern, metalmark moths look like jumping spiders, which prey on small insects, such as moths. Even their jerky leaps resemble that of a jumping spider. Apparently this gives them an advantage in the struggle for survival because jumping spiders mistake them as fellows and not recognize them as prey. This is a rare example of predator mimicry.

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