This is fitting to talk about mimicry when we are near a mimic holiday (Halloween if you didn't know). But besides people mimicking characters ranging from obscure TV characters to the swarms of the popular celebrities, nature has been pulling it off waaaaay before then.
Most people know about the Monarch butterfly and it's mimic, the Viceroy butterfly. Here's a quick little something about these two. The Monarch butterfly tastes awful to birds and so when the bird eats them, they spit it out. Because the colors are so bright and distinct, this bird learns that orange with black stripes is a no-no. Well this Viceroy butterfly happens to be delicious, but because it wears the colors very similar to the Monarch, birds that have already tried to eat a Monarch just stay away from it. However there is always a chance with that, meaning that Viceroy could potentially encounter a bird who has not tasted a Monarch, but at that point they're screwed.
Back to the point though that I want to make. Mimicry is MIRACULOUS. Just to show you how phenomenal, here's a creature that isn't what it seems.
Looks like a bee, right?
THAT IS A FLY.
I believe that it was a Hover fly. Here is a really good description of insects that are trying to be bees. If you aren't in the mood to read a bunch, here's a tidbit.
-This insect has TWO wings, not four like a bee.
-This insect has SMALLER antennae than a bee.
-This insects has BIGGER eyes than a bee.
Now there is a difference between the mouth-parts, but you have to be looking really close to notice, and frankly I don't want to be that close to a bee just in case it gets really pissed off.
One last cool thing about this Hover fly, you could hear this buzz coming from it because it was flapping it's wings so much.
Like I said, mimicry is miraculous!!
**No Hover fly was injured during this photo opportunity.