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All eyes on moths
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Quick! Can you find this moth's head? If the markings on the wings distracted you for a second, score an evolutionary victory for this saturniid moth resting in Mole National Park in Ghana. It's thought that moths, butterflies, and other creatures use this crafty form of mimicry, called eyespots, to either intimidate predators or draw them to attack less vulnerable parts of the body.
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Quick fact:
To avoid predators, some moths have evolved to resemble less tasty bugs, like spiders, wasps, or praying mantises. This one mimics leaves; others resemble bird droppings.
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