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This intriguing creature closely resembles a wasp, but in actuality it is a beetle; a wasp-mimicking Longicorn Beetle. Many forms of insects have mimicked wasps or other animals for quite a long time because mimicking is a way of protection from potential predators. No predator in their right mind wants to be stung by a wasp or eat something that will taste bad. Not only does the beetle take on the characteristics of a wasp, but it also takes on the behavior of a wasp, making its disguise even more convincing. This type of mimicry is called Batesian mimicry.

Photo Courtesy of: Peter Chew

Brisbane Insects and Spiders

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Jungle Bugs: Masters of Camouflage and Mimicry

By Bruce Purser