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Tarantula hawk wasp with tarantula

A Born Mimic: Toxic Robber Fly Mimics Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Mimicry is common in nature, allowing an animal or insect to sneak in closer to prey or to dupe and deflect predators by taking on a more dangerous species’ characteristics. A fascinating example of the latter can be seen in the robber fly Wyliea mydas, which mimics lethal  tarantula hawks.

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