Mating bugs Cercopis arcuata, with warning colours

Mating bugs Cercopis arcuata, with warning colours

Z285/0093 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.7MB

Downloadable file size: 2.9MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mating bugs Cercopis arcuata with warning colours, on a sage plant. The bright red and black colour- ation of these bugs make them deliberately conspicuous to predators. Warning (aposematic) colouration indicates that the animal so coloured has built-in defences such as poisonous or distasteful flesh or the capacity to strike back in some way. These Cercopis arcuata bugs are inedible; their flesh is extremely distasteful to predators. An in-experienced predator will attack and taste this bug, reject its flesh, and be warned in future by the bright colours.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, bug, cercopis, cercopis arcuata, colour, defence, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mating, nature, type, warning, warning colour, warning colours, wildlife, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.