I find animal mimicry fascinating. One animal looks like a different one, in order to avoid being eaten. Some insects look like leaves, or twigs, or yucky-tasting things. They get left alone, enabling them to continue to live another day.
I have recently found a previously unreported example of animal mimicry. I have seen a ladybug – one of your normal household, get-inside-when-it’s-cold ladybugs – imitating a possum. I know, the visual differences between the two are huge. And yet the ladybug was doing its best, from a behavior aspect. It was flipped over on its back, just like a possum playing dead.
It has been that way for a week and a half now.
I think I’ll give it another week and then tell him (or her) that it has won – everybody is convinced that the ladybug is a possum. It will be quite happy, and have a good story to tell all the little ladybug grandkids.