Batesian mimicry love

Batesian mimicry

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of protective mimicry in which an unprotected species, especially of an insect, closely resembles an unpalatable or harmful species and therefore is similarly avoided by predators.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. the resemblance of one or more non-poisonous species to a poisonous species, for example, the scarlet king snake and the coral snake.

Etymologies

After Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892), British naturalist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named for Henry Walter Bates (Wiktionary)

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