is Insect Mimicry?
Mimicry in the animal kingdom is a phenomenon
where one organism tricks another organism into
thinking it is something its not. This is done
to fool predators into associating it with a similar
appearing poisonous, or bad tasting, species.
The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is sometimes
called the "milkweed butterfly" because
its larvae eat the plant and therefore absorbs
the poisonous toxins which it contains.
Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus) has evolved
to mimic and look like the poisonous monarch butterfly
so that predators will avoid it! There electronic
moving butterflies, dragonflies, and moths are
also very realistic and mimic the real insect
species! Once you put an electronic Monarch butterfly
in your home your family and friends with be fooled
into thinking a real butterfly has landed!