DAILY PHOTO: Eyespot Mimicry: or, Evolution Only Gets One So Far

Taken in January of 2014

Taken in January of 2014 in Bangalore, India.

I’ve seen butterflies and moths that had patterns evolved to mimic the eyes of other animals at a butterfly house in a botanical gardens, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in the wild–which is to say in the stairwell of our central Bangalore apartment building. This moth thought the perfect place to exploit its owl-like eyes and “feather pattern” would be on the white marble floor inside a building. Evolution only gets one so far.

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