Small Wonders - fisherwr2

Member of the moth order (Lepidoptera) that resembles a bird dropping. This protects the moth from predators that preceive it as an inanimate object, and not something to eat. The resemblance is uncanny - real droppings have a darker solid end while the opposite end tends to be white and more of a liquid. The fine white hairs at the anterior end of the moth represent this liquid perfectly. It's important that the moth remain motionless while sitting on a substrate, or it will blow the disguise. Other insects use this protective technique as well (eg see the image of Limenitis sp. in this gallery)

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