14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A MOTH WITH AN OWL'S STARE
Fake eyes or ‘eye-spots’ appear frequently in nature, at times to deter or startle predators, at other instances to misdirect them into attacking a less vulnerable part of the prey’s body. The striking ‘eye-spots’ on the wings of the Owl moth (Erebus macrops) work well as a defense against predatory attacks from birds.
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