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Hoverflies: the garden mimics.

By Malcolm Edmunds

Abstract

The article offers information on hoverflies, a kind of fly that has bright colours and darting flight. Many of these brightly coloured hoverflies look like bees or wasps, and they use this to protect themselves. Batesian mimicry is where a palatable animal gains protection from resembling a noxious animal so that predators are deceived. Mimicry is far more widespread in the tropics than in temperate lands

Topics: C300, C100
Publisher: Institute of Biology
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:clok.uclan.ac.uk:1620
Provided by: CLoK

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  1. (1998). Mimicry profiles are affected by human-induced habitat changes.

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