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Staying Safe

How do organisms protect themselves from predators? Discover some of the amazing ways that they have evolved to keep from being eaten.

black spiky ant-like organism

Check out this mystery photo.

Can you guess what it is?


a black ant with poisonous yellow sac


a yellow insect with an ant disguise


a black ant eating a yellow insect


a black ant and a yellow insect in battle

Nope. Try again!
You got it!

ANSWER: a yellow insect with an ant disguise

Explore the photo gallery below to see some remarkable ways that this ant and other organisms keep from getting eaten.

Image Credits:

treehopper, photo by Andreas Kay (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license); mimic octopus, photo by Bernd (CC BY-SA 2.0 license);  giant dragon lizard, photo by Wilfried Berns (CC BY-SA 2.5 license); hoopoe, photo by Nitulakshmi (CC BY-SA 3.0 license); golden barrel cactus, photo by Calvin Teo (CC BY-SA 3.0 license); black-tailed prairie dog, photo by Asiir (CC BY-SA 2.5 license).