There are no grounds, however, for supposing that the mantids had any appreciation of the warning coloration of the Acraeines.
Along with the theory of warning coloration the theory of mimicry has been propounded.
The preceding outline will sufficiently explain the characteristics of "warning coloration" and the end it serves in nature.
|warning coloration |
Conspicuously recognizable markings of an animal that serve to warn potential predators of the nuisance or harm that would come from attacking or eating it. The bold patterns of skunks and the bright colors of poison arrow frogs are examples of warning coloration. Also called aposematic coloration. Compare camouflage.