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07

Aug

11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

24

Apr

'Chameleon' crystals could camouflage clothing and carsThe latex paint microparticles rearrange themselves according to the pattern of light they’re exposed to, but only when in a liquid.

'Chameleon' crystals could camouflage clothing and cars
The latex paint microparticles rearrange themselves according to the pattern of light they’re exposed to, but only when in a liquid.

05

Dec

Why bold ‘motion dazzle’ camouflage fools the eyeThe mixed signals of dazzle camouflage cause insects’ eyes to think that an object is both drawing closer and retreating.

Why bold ‘motion dazzle’ camouflage fools the eye
The mixed signals of dazzle camouflage cause insects’ eyes to think that an object is both drawing closer and retreating.

17

Nov

Talk about environmental awareness — these animals don’t just know their surroundings, they are their surroundings. Or at least that’s what their enemies think. Can you find the hidden critters in all these photos?
14 amazing camouflaged animals

19

Jan


 Quail egg camouflage: Moms create, change personal patterns



Sitting at the bottom of the food chain, with a spot on just about every predator’s dinner menu, quail and their eggs need good hiding places.
Sitting at the bottom of the food chain, with a spot on just about every predator’s dinner menu, quail and their eggs need good hiding places.

27

Sep

14 amazing camouflaged animals

13

Apr

Can you spot the Peringuey’s viper? Check out more amazing animal camouflage photos.

Can you spot the Peringuey’s viper? Check out more amazing animal camouflage photos.

27

Mar

This jaguar may be at a zoo in the U.K., but not even England is immune to its versatile fur. Like many cats, jaguars have evolved vague, spotty patterns that blend into a variety of backgrounds, including some far from home.14 amazing camouflaged animals

This jaguar may be at a zoo in the U.K., but not even England is immune to its versatile fur. Like many cats, jaguars have evolved vague, spotty patterns that blend into a variety of backgrounds, including some far from home.
14 amazing camouflaged animals

12

Dec

If you’re a hungry bird in western Malaysia, good luck finding any common baron caterpillars. Plenty of other butterfly larvae blend in with local plants, but few can vanish into vegetation like the baron. Baron caterpillars evolved their elaborate shapes and colors for that single purpose: hiding from predators. This boosts their odds of becoming common baron butterflies, and therefore reproducing. Native to India and Southeast Asia, barons often feed on the leaves of mango trees, like this one in a Kuala Lumpur garden.14 amazing camouflaged animals

If you’re a hungry bird in western Malaysia, good luck finding any common baron caterpillars. Plenty of other butterfly larvae blend in with local plants, but few can vanish into vegetation like the baron.
 
Baron caterpillars evolved their elaborate shapes and colors for that single purpose: hiding from predators. This boosts their odds of becoming common baron butterflies, and therefore reproducing. Native to India and Southeast Asia, barons often feed on the leaves of mango trees, like this one in a Kuala Lumpur garden.
14 amazing camouflaged animals

13

Nov

Check out these 14 amazing camouflaged animals. Can you see them?

Check out these 14 amazing camouflaged animals. Can you see them?