Author Topic: Another firefly on Brownsberg | Cratoplastis diluta (Erebidae: Arctiinae)  (Read 439 times)

Offline kdjong

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This firefly was also on Brownsberg, February 12th, 2018.

I guess it is a different one?

Thanx,
Klaas
« Last Edit: Thu, 01 November 2018, 01:33:57 AM by Auke »
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Re: Another firefly on Brownsberg
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 10 July 2018, 12:59:45 AM »
Well, he fooled you for sure! :to_funny: Fireflies (family Lampyridae) have some good chemical defenses, and various other species, like this moth (!) do a good job of mimicking them. This species is named Cratoplastis diluta and belongs to the family Erebidae, subfamily Arctiinae. Arctiinae employ chemical defenses themselves, and this may in fact be a case of Müllerian mimicry (Wikipedia) rather than Batesian mimicry (Wikipedia).

Cheers, Auke :)

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Re: Another firefly on Brownsberg
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 10 July 2018, 10:08:41 AM »
Thanks for all your replies, Auke! Especially this one is highly appreciated!

Smiles,
Klaas
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