17 August 2020

Impressive "eyes"


The Himalayan griffon vulture has false "eyes" created by its plumage.  Via.

Some butterflies also sport false eyes, like this Buckeye (although his pattern did not deter several bird strikes).

4 comments:

  1. paint eyes on a cow's behind!

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-020-01156-0 Artificial eyespots on cattle reduce predation by large carnivores

    i think you had posted an image of a tiger drinking water and that the spots on the top of its head look like eyes?

    I-)

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  2. why we see faces where there are none: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-08-brain-everyday.html Why the brain is programmed to see faces in everyday objects

    I-)

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  3. Everything about the physical appearance of that vulture is impressive. Looks like a bird that Harry Potter would love.

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  4. Buckeye false eyes tempt birds to peck at the edges of the wings instead of the body. It seems odd that buckeyes evolved this method that teaches newly emerged butterflies about the dangers of the world, instead of evolving faster escape reflexes that could (might) benefit in a wider range of scenarios.

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