My PhD supervisor, Dr Martin Stevens, has a new popular science book out today called “Cheats and Deceits”. It’s the only book out there telling the fascinating tale of how animals deceive other animals. It includes stories about how spiders mimic ants to trick their prey into thinking they’re harmless, and how cuckoos avoid parenting by duping other birds to raise their young.
In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host’s own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten.
Source: Cheats and Deceits