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Optical illusion or an unusual flower? Hummingbird-like petals are arguing on the internet

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There are so many optical illusions on the Internet. Just remember the story of the dress, which seemed blue to some and white and gold to others. A reddit user posted a photo of a flower whose petals resemble a hummingbird. During the day, the post received more than 400 comments. People argue what it is: an optical illusion or such a flower really exists.

Pareidolia - visual illusion

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One half of the commentators suggested it was optical illusion:

“… The process by which our brain recognizes what is not really there. For example, the howling of the wind that sounds like speech, a tree that looks like a person or an animal ... ”- writes one of the users of reddit.

Mimicry - the similarity of one organism to another or to the environment

indiie1 / commons.wikimedia.org, cuatrok77 / commons.wikimedia.org

The other half suggested that it might be mimicry. The phenomenon occurs more often in the animal kingdom. For example, a chameleon changes its skin color to match the color of a tree in order to protect it from predators.

In fact, this is the flower of Crotalaria cunninghamii

Atlas of Living Australia / commons.wikimedia.org Cressflower / commons.wikimedia.org

The plant that everyone has been arguing about is actually called Crotalaria cunninghamii, or bird flower. It grows in Northern Australia and its petals do resemble hummingbirds.

Some photographs look so strange that it is not at all clear what is happening in them. As in this material, for example.

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