I found this creature in my backyard, just before midnight.
The leaf-vein pattern is subtle here, but look at these examples for a deeper appreciation of this form of mimicry.
My backyard slug is translucent, and you can see food floating through its body as it eats (little black particles). Or at least, that’s my best guess about what’s happening here. Nocturnal mysteries.
Some stories are more ancient than we can comprehend. Life histories of mimicry often take place over evolutionary time …