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I've never been great at distinguishing between a moth and a butterfly and normally I'd assume this rather insipid creature to be a moth. However dull the butterfly is, its perfection cannot be denied. Knowing everything this small insect has survived to get where it was today is a feat on its own. 


Many butterflies have developed interesting ways of defending themselves from predators. One method is disguise, or “cryptic coloration”, where the butterfly has the ability to look like a leaf or blend into the bark of a tree to hide from predators.  Another method is chemical defense, where the butterfly has evolved to have toxic chemicals in its body. These species of butterfly are often brightly colored, and predators have learned over time to associate their bright color with the bad taste of the chemicals ~ Defenders of Wildlife

Picture credit: Oosterbroek Photography / oosterbroekphoto.co.za

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