Honest mimicry vs. dishonest mimicry


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So, which one is a combover? No reason.



Presumably this is going to get fixed, so this must be screenshotted for posterity.


Honest mimicry; the second is one of those damn stinging caterpillars.


I think there is something universally warning/repulsive about bright, alternating patterns that probably got hardwired into the basal ganglia of most vertebrates a long time ago.

It pretty unambiguously says: “Hey, I want to be seen. Hence I don’t mind being seen. You sure you wanna find out why?”

So the lack of precise imitation in Batesian mimics doesn’t strike me as all that mysterious. They don’t really need it. They are freeriding more on the concept than any specific model.


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