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Video: Can You Find The Imposter Bugs In America's Largest Insect Collection?

Insects are nature's masters of disguise. Take a backstage tour of the largest insect collection in America to experience nature's most convincing mimics.
A species of predatory robber fly (right) has evolved to mimic its prey, a bumblebee (left). Source: Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Inside the largest entomology collection in America, there are insects that are out to fool you.

We went backstage at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to comb through the collection of specimens and find

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