Leaves disorient beetles, prevent attackcucumber
The leaves of cucumbers prevent infestation by beetles by releasing a chemical that mimics that of female beetles, disorienting the males.
Egg shells prevent microbial foulingwhite dogwhelk
The eggs of the white rock shell snail ward off microbial attack with a series of physical, mechanical, and potentially chemical defenses
Hairs prevent entry of waterrat-tailed maggot
The breathing tubes of rat-tailed maggots block water from entering via hydrophobic hairs.
Protective coating prevents dehydrationsea-wracks
Sea-wracks prevent dehydration when exposed to air by coating themselves with a protective mucus.
Leaf tents hide caterpillarsBornean moths
Bornean moths protect themselves from birds by creating leaf tents.
Compounds disrupt malaria parasitered macroalgae
Bromophycolide compounds in the Fijian red seaweed provide protection against malaria by interrupting the parasite's ability to protect itself from toxic byproducts.
Scales provide flexible, strong protectionpangolin
Scales of pangolins provide flexibility yet strong protection by overlapping like roof shingles.
Flower's pattern attracts/deters insectsAaron's beard
Markings on flowers help draw pollinators and at the same time discourage insect herbivores by containing ultraviolet pigments.
The uterus of female mammals can expand and contract to accommodate its contents thanks to spiral muscle fibers in its central myometrial layer.
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Mechanical method for joining components
Corky tuber stores waterHottentot bread plant
The desert Hottentot bread plant stores vast amounts of water in a large, underground corky tuber.
Feet grip waxy leavesleaf beetle
The feet of the beetle Hemisphaerota cyanea grip hard on waxy palmetto leaves by having thousands of contact points (bristles) wetted with oil.