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1 cm orange & black lichen moth that mimics a toxic net-wing beetle. (Lycidae sp.)
Burgess Falls, Tennessee
Added to NWF mission because of its survival tactic of Batesian mimicry of a toxic species.
Nice spotting...Aslso called Netwing beetle..http://www.insectsofwestvirginia.net/b/l...
Very true Nancy!murtu, it is! The gain the benefit of the protection provided by looking like the poisonous beetle.
Well, Karen, this one had at this point.
Is this what it is mimicking?http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/100...
I wonder if it fools its predators!
Would have fooled me too.
It's an excellent mimic!
It certainly fooled me Jack! Thanks for the correction!
And a really good mimic too!
Wow Karen, it fooled you! This is a Lycid-mimicking moth!
Lat: 36.04, Long: -85.59
Spotted on Apr 24, 2012 Submitted on Apr 25, 2012