Table 2: Summarized table of the main terms used for chemical adaptive resemblances in reviews about parasites of social insects and in reviews about adaptive chemical resemblance. Systems can either be considered according to what a mimic pretends to be or according to what an operator perceives. We adopted the latter view. Furthermore, the terminology based on the origins of mimetic compounds is shown.

By an operator, the mimic is… Origin of mimetic compounds in cases where the mimic is detected as interesting entity by the operator
not detected as discrete entity or detected as an uninteresting entityadetected as an interesting entityInnate biosynthesisAcquisition from hostReference

Chemical mimesisbChemical mimicry or camouflageChemical mimicryChemical camouflageAkino 2008c [14]
Chemical mimicryNo distinctionBagnères and Lorenzi 2010d [34]
Chemical camouflageChemical mimicryNo distinctionDettner and Liepert 1994 [15]
Chemical camouflageChemical mimicryNo distinctionGeiselhardt et al. 2007e [34]
Chemical mimicryNo distinctionHoward and Blomquist 2005 [32]
Chemical mimicryNo distinctionKeeling et al. 2004 [35]
Chemical mimicryChemical mimicry by biosynthesisChemical mimicry by camouflageLenoir et al. 2001 [11]
Chemical mimicry or camouflageChemical mimicryChemical camouflageNash and Boomsma 2008c [3]
Chemical mimicryPierce et al. 2002 [36]
Chemical mimicryNot specifiedChemical mimicrySinger 1998f [37]
Chemical crypsisgChemical mimicryNo distinctionStowe 1988 [31]
Chemical mimicryNot specifiedChemical camouflagehThomas et al. 2005e [8]

—: not considered in the article. No distinction: the term chemical mimicry was used irrespective of the origin of mimetic cues. aAccording to the first two columns in Table 1. bDefined as being invisible through background matching. cAuthors follow the definition of Howard et al. [38]. dAuthors use the term mimicry irrespective of the origin of mimetic compounds but point out that different definitions exist depending on their origin. eAuthors follow Dettner and Liepert [15]. fThe term camouflage was used once to describe invading predators that biosynthesize CHCs of social insects. gDefined as resemblance of the background or of an entity in the background. hInconsistent to the definitions of Dettner and Liepert [15].