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|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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