Insect mimicry

Antonović, Ivan (2010) Insect mimicry. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The history of insects on the Earth started around 450million years ago and during this period they occupied almost all ecological niches. They have been considered the largest, but at the same time the most heterogeneous group of animals. There is a million species of insects known in the world today and at the same time they have been scientifically described but it is believed that this number is not define and some entomologists argue that there exist between 3 and 5 million new species waiting to be discovered (Purser 2003 ). Even numerous, insects are often easy targets to some other predators. For that very reason they have developed a great number of acclimatization and strategies for their survival and one of them is mimicry. Mimicry is common phenomenon in the animal as well as in the plant life and it is especially developed with Arthropods, that is insects. Mimicry has been developing for thousands of years undergoing processes of natural selection. Among the species that have developed mimicry, we can observe not only higher rates of survival but also higher levels of success in hunting. In this work, we will get acquainted with the mains features of mimicry but ksi wuth the widely examples from world of insects.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Primc Habdija, Biserka
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 11
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 12:31
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 14:11
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3415

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