Mimicry and camouflage are similar. Both are
types of shapes and colors that trick animals.
Camouflage hides an animal (or something else).
If an animal matches its background, it is harder
to see. If it has markings that break up its
outline, it is even more difficult to see.
Insects are great at this because their outer
covering (exoskeleton) can have all sorts of weird
shapes and colors.
Mimicry is when an animal looks like something
else that is meant to be seen (not hidden). For
example, a harmless moth might look like a
dangerous wasp. A tasty butterfly may look like
one that is full of nasty toxins. The animal is
not protected by hiding, it is protected by being
mistaken for something a predator will avoid
because it’s dangerous or tastes bad.
Another kind of mimicry is when different animals
that are all poisonous all look alike. For
example, how honeybees, wasps, and other stinging
insects all have yellow and black stripes. Why
would a wasp be more likely to survive if it
looked like other stinging insects?
There are other kinds of mimicry that you may want
to explore. The world is way more amazing than we
I hope you are thinking about a career in animal
biology because you are thinking like a
Thanks for asking,