Bright colors and brilliant patterns can also send a clear signal: “Stay away!” If a predator ignores these loud decorations, it will have very bad dining experience.
|Striped like a tiger in orange and black, cinnabar moth caterpillars keep most birds away. That’s because the plants that these caterpillars eat make them a revolting snack.|
|This Aussie relative to the black widow spider shares one important feature. The female has a red stripe on her abdomen. Just like their cousins’ red hourglass, it means keep away. One bite can cause terrible nausea, vomiting, and pain.|
|The sight of these striped “polecats” strikes fear even in the largest bears. The skunk’s distinct black-and-white pattern is a warning: stay away unless you want to be sprayed with a foul-smelling liquid.|