Hard to catch: experimental evidence supports evasive mimicry

Erika Páez V, Janne K. Valkonnen, Keith R. Willmott, Pável Matos-Maraví, Marianne Elias & Johanna Mappes
Most research on aposematism has focused on chemically defended prey, but the signaling difficulty of capture remains poorly explored. Similar to classical Batesian and Müllerian mimicry related to distastefulness, such ‘evasive aposematism' may also lead to convergence in warning colours, known as evasive mimicry. A prime candidate group for evasive mimicry areAdelphabutterflies, which are agile insects and show remarkable colour pattern convergence. We tested the ability of naive blue tits to learn to avoid and...
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