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METALMARK MOTH - Mimicking a jumping spider
A new study published in the inaugural issue of PLoS ONE (an online open-access journal of science) notes the discovery that  metalmark moths (Brenthia) mimic jumping spiders. There are other  insects that mimic jumping spiders (a certain zebra-winged fly comes to  mind), and we know that there are other moths out there with mimicry  phenotypes (large “eyes” on the wings, etc.), so the discovery isn’t  completely surprising, but it is interesting. 
From an interview:"Scientists  have now discovered that metalmark moths in Costa Rica use mimicry to  escape hunters as well, by mimicking the very predators that might  normally eat them.

METALMARK MOTH - Mimicking a jumping spider

A new study published in the inaugural issue of PLoS ONE (an online open-access journal of science) notes the discovery that metalmark moths (Brenthia) mimic jumping spiders. There are other insects that mimic jumping spiders (a certain zebra-winged fly comes to mind), and we know that there are other moths out there with mimicry phenotypes (large “eyes” on the wings, etc.), so the discovery isn’t completely surprising, but it is interesting.

From an interview:

"Scientists have now discovered that metalmark moths in Costa Rica use mimicry to escape hunters as well, by mimicking the very predators that might normally eat them.

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