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Face-Mimicry

A form of protection that increases chances of survival.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/anth/flaves.html”First described by Walker in 1855 . This species of moth feeds on Acacia and pupates in a cocoon under bark or in a crevice. The males and females are very different. The female is larger with dark grey and white wings and an abdomen striped in grey or white. The male has a wingspan of up to 3cm and has orange and cream wings. Found along the east coast of Australia and Tasmania.”   With no common name.

I.D. and further reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans. Mike and Pat Coupar and Stella Crossley.

An unidentified cream and dark brown moth of around 10mm wingspan displaying Face-Mimicry.

Eyespot Anthelid Moth

“Moths are buff coloured with dark brown elongated spots on each forewing and light margins. Wingspan around 6cm. Found on Red Ironbark at the wildlife refuge.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further  reference; http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/anth/ocell.html

“The Robust Velvet Gecko will not hesitate to shed its tail if seized by an enemy, and although it is capable of regeneration, the original tail will lack the perfect proportion and markings of the original”. Image as found on the wildlife refuge.

Reference:  Swanson, S.   Lizards of Australia.

Head-on image of  the Metallic Carpenter Bee, displaying “face-mimicry”. A form of protection which increases a creatures chances of survival.

Pressed flat against a burnt treestump this moth is engaged in “face-mimicry” to ward off predators on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge, today.

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Image taken yesterday in riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. Found in Blady grass (Imperata cylindrica var. major) and while upside down  displaying “face-mimicry” to ward off predators.

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This butterfly has 2 distinct eye spots which are a defense weapon also used to confuse predators into thinking the eye spots are a target allowing the butterfly to escape with only a small part of the wing missing. Every year during October/November Meadow Argus appear across Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge after escaping the colder winters in southern Australia.

A close-up image from the back of the head of the Common Cicada. Their droning summer invasion is just commencing, providing a valuable food source for birds like nesting Rollers, Noisy Friarbirds and Spangled Drongo.

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