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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A MOTH WITH AN OWL'S STARE

Fake eyes or ‘eye-spots’ appear frequently in nature, at times to deter or startle predators, at other instances to misdirect them into attacking a less vulnerable part of the prey’s body. The striking ‘eye-spots’ on the wings of the Owl moth (Erebus macrops) work well as a defense against predatory attacks from birds.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Mumbai, India
Camera: NIKON D5100
Copyright: © Rizwan Mithawala