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May 21, 2011

15 Fascinating Animal Camouflage

 A Flounder

A Green frog emerging from the duckweeds in St Omer, France.

 A Grey Cicada hides on pine bark in France

A Locust mimicks a blade of grass in Burkina Faso.

A Rock Ptarmigan chick in its nest in Norway 

Flatfish are masters of animal camouflage 

Can you find the crabs camouflaged against the beach sand?

The underside of this owl butterfly's wing blends in with woody textures and features a large eyespot to startle predators. 

Leaf insects or walkingleaves from the family Phylliidae are some of the best examples of leaf mimics.

Merlet's Scorpionfish look like colourful coral around the shores of Lifou Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

Paradoxophyla palmata, a narrow-headed frog native to Madagascar. The frog’s brown and yellow coloring, as well as its rough texture, allow it to blend in with the mud and tree trunks in its environment 

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus has a unique ability to turn virtually any color or pattern. It is naturally brown and spotted but has been seen in every hue from ghost white, as shown above, to brilliant blue and fiery red or mysterious pink.

This Malaysian Orchid Mantis has cleverly adapted to resemble the striking white orchids of the region.

This sand flathead (Platycephalus bassensis) is almost perfectly camouflaged

This tarantula hides perfectly next to the flower


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