Mating bugs Cercopis arcuata, with warning colours

Mating bugs Cercopis arcuata, with warning colours

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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.

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

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