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Protective Resemblance

Nature volume 71, pages 520521 (30 March 1905) | Download Citation



AN interesting paper on “Protective Resemblance in the Insecta,” by Mr. Mark L. Sykes, is published in the Proceedings of the Manchester Field Club (vol. i., part ii). After briefly describing the law of natural selection, as propounded by Darwin, the evolution of new species through variations, and the elimination of the least fit during long periods of time, reference is made to the colours of insects, to the advantage of conspicuous adornment, and the consequent easy identification of those of them which possess some feature repellent to the insect-eating animals. The absence in young animals of an intuitive faculty of discrimination between edible and inedible material in the selection of food is emphasised, and reference is made to authors who have experimented on the subject.

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