Mimics are naturally selected for. For example, in Batesian mimicry, many poisonous animals have bright warning coloration (poison dart frogs for example) to indicate that they are dangerous for predators to eat, if a species that isn’t poisonous looks similar, predators will avoid the non-poisonous species as well. Over time, the non-poisonous species that look most similar to toxic species will have a higher survival rate and reproduce, creating more similar looking and successful mimics.
Animals can also mimic their surroundings to blend in and avoid predation. There are insects that look like leaves, for example. The more an animal looks like a leaf, the less likely it is to be eaten. It will continue to thrive and reproduce and make similar offspring.
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