The Art of Disguise: Insects Camouflage and Mimicry

Many insects use camouflage and mimicry as a means either for defense or to gain other advantages. Some might appear to be more threatening or more benign than they really are, and some might appear to be just  something else than what they really are!

An Empusa Mantis, blending in with the color of the flower on which an unwitting butterfly has landed.

An Empusa Mantis larva looks as if it’s made from twigs, as it perches on one.

Katydid – its wings mimic the movement of leaves and serve as camouflage in protection against potential predators.

Leaf insects  of the genus Phyllium (Photo by crazysw)

Leaf insect  of the genus Phyllium (Photo by mantidboy)

The Owl butterfly from Africa mimics the Owl quite remarkably fooling predators into perceiving something more ferocious.

Credit: Ryo Futahashi. You can see the wee caterpillar on the left side of the picture looks a lot like bird droppings! On the right, the distinguished fellow is a grown caterpillar – the bright, green color really does make the caterpillar look like the surrounding leaves.

Can you see this one? (image credit: spilopterus)

Spider mimics ants (image credit: Opo Terser)

Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar (Deilephila elpenor) showing the eye spot pattern on its front body segment, which gives it the appearance of a snake’s head. (Photo by Jane Bowman)

This caterpillar, of the engrailed moth (Ectropis bistortata), is camouflaged to look like a small twig, and positions its body to mimic the growth pattern of the twig as well. (Photo by Jane Bowman)

Walking stick in the Peruvian rainforest
Location: Tambopata rainforest


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5 thoughts on “The Art of Disguise: Insects Camouflage and Mimicry”

  1. This is such a deep blog! What can I say, youve hit the nail right on the head! You even added some videos to make it seem so much more real. Youve got a great way of communicating with the reader, a great way of making me feel like what you have to say is just as important to me as it is to you. Keep it up!

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