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How much do you know about the art of deception? Test your mimicry know-how with this eight-question quiz.
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A tropical Geometridae caterpillar.
Photograph by Christian Ziegler
Your knowledge of nature's scam artists could be better.
You may want to try again.
It nibbles in tandem with the leaf's original pattern
It matches the leaf in color
It is shaped like a leaf spine
All of the above
Big eye mouthbrooder
By blending in with cave walls
By glowing brightly and blinding the nocturnal bats
By imitating the sound of a toxic moth
By releasing a noxious odor
By secreting a knockoff of a female moth's scent
By blending into tree branches
By disguising itself as moth food
By flashing bright eyes at the moths
Myrmarachne jumping spiders have evolved to look like what other insect?]]>
Myrmarachne jumping spiders have evolved to look like ants in order to take advantage of the ants' bad reputation as aggressive and noxious. This strategy isn't foolproof, though—male spiders with their enlarged fangs resemble ants carrying bundles, which means that they fall prey to predators that target encumbered ants least likely to fight back. ]]>
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