The bug, Eurydema ornatum, with warning colours

The bug, Eurydema ornatum, with warning colours

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The bug Eurydema ornatum, with warning colours. The bright orange and black colouration of this bug makes it 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. This Eurydema ornatum bug is inedible; its 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, colour, defence, eurydema, eurydema ornatum, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, type, warning, warning colour, warning colours, wildlife, zoology

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