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Research Reveals How Butterflies Copy Their Neighbors To Fool Birds

The mystery of how a butterfly has changed its wing patterns to mimic neighboring species and avoid being eaten by birds has been solved by a team of scientists.

The study focused on the Amazonian species Heliconius numata, which mimics several other butterfly species at a single site in the rainforest. This acts as a disguise, protecting them against predators.

Image credit: Mathieu Chouteau