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Automeris io, Io Moth
Some insects, such as this Io Moth, Automeris io, have a two-tiered defense against predators. Their forewings are camouflaged, in this case, mimicking a dead leaf. When disturbed by a predator, such as the peck of a bird, they try to startle the predator away, flashing bright colors or large eye spots hidden on their hindwings. Sometimes the predator is startled, and the insect escapes. Sometimes not, and the insect gets eaten.


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title Automeris io, Io Moth
same specimen as id I_JP190176
country United States
state/province Georgia
county Clarke
city/place/location Athens
street/site/trail 275 Blue Heron Drive
latitude 33.8882
longitude -83.2973
MAPdecimal latitude_longitude ••• 33.8882_-83.2973
determined by who-email-yyyymmdd John Pickering pick@discoverlife.org 2015-06-24
date1 yyyymmdd 2015:06:23 05:04:05

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