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