Dave Hitchborne

Meet the Hissing Butterfly

Have no fear, gardeners—that hissing sound isn’t coming from an aggravated snake, but a mere butterfly. The peacock butterfly appears to have evolved the intimidating, snakelike sound to reduce its chances of being eaten, according to a news story in The Guardian. The insect’s major defense—eyespot markings—scare away predators by mimicking the menacing face of a predator—but the hissing strikes even more fear into the hearts of those who would make lunch out of the butterfly.

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