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Caterpillars Can “Blink” A Fake Eye

caterpillars fake eye eyespot eumorpha phorbas e. labruscae

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:04 PM

Many animals have a fake eye — or eyespot — or two that they can use for protection from predators, often by frightening or distracting the hungry creature. Eyespots are especially common among tropical caterpillars. And researchers conducting a caterpillar inventory in Costa Rica have documented two species (Eumorpha phorbas, above, and E. labruscae) in which the eyespots can sort of blink.

http://wildthings.sa...ink-a-fake-eye/

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