Thursday, August 28, 2014

My What Big Eyes You Have . . .

Can you see the two eyespots on the back of the head?

 . . . on the back of your head!  Our post today shows the eyespots on the back of one of our winged ambassador American kestrels.  These markings might help to deter a potential predator (yes, even raptors have predators!) from attacking the kestrel from behind.  Other animals including moths, fish and butterflies use this type of survival adaptation for predator protection and other reasons. 
You can see the eyespot at the back
of the head to the far right here.

Gladeye Bushbrown (Mycalesis patnia) with a
large eyespot on the forewing's underside.

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