Batesian mimicryBates·i·an mimicry
a kind of mimicry in which one species, to make itself less vulnerable to a particular predator, imitates the structure and coloration of another species that is unpalatable, difficult to capture, etc.
Origin of Batesian mimicryafter H. W. Bates (1825-92), Eng naturalistl
A form of protective mimicry, especially in insects, in which a species that is palatable or harmless closely resembles an unpalatable or harmful species and therefore is avoided by predators.
Origin of Batesian mimicryAfter Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892), British naturalist
Named for Henry Walter Bates