Camouflage, Blending In With Nature…

For survival what all we do… Animals also do a lot of things to live here… Many animals have evolved to exhibit some form of camouflage, which is an adaptation that allows animals to blend in with certain aspects of their environment. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators. This gives the animal a higher probability of being able to successfully reproduce and carry on the species. Camouflage is also used by some predators as a tool for hunting. For them, being able to blend in with their environment gives them an element of surprise and increases their chance of successfully obtaining food..

While observing nature, we have seen animals and insects blending with their surroundings so they don’t attract too much attention, which can make it very difficult to find them… Sometimes it’s for protection against predators, like in the case of some butterflies. Others  are camouflaged to make capturing food easier like Leaf mantises. The technical name for this ability of these bugs to blend with their environment is called crypsis. Organisms may use their ability to blend in for different reasons, but ultimately it helps an animal to survive and reproduce.

Let’s today find out some masters of disguise playing hide-and-seek… Stare at these pictures and find out yourself….

Found in western Malaysia
Baron caterpillars evolved their elaborate shapes and colors for hiding from predators
Cuttlefish are the chameleons of the sea
Cuttlefish will mimic the texture of their environment using little nodules called papillae that they extend and retract using muscles. They can make themselves look like a cobbled seafloor, a spiny piece of coral or a hunk of granite.
willow ptarmigan
The willow ptarmigan is distinguished by its use of camouflage as protection against predators, changing its plumage from light brown in summer to snow white in winter.Another distinctive feature, its feathered feet, helps this sedentary bird negotiate the frozen ground.
Slender yellowish green snakes look just like vines
Slender yellowish green snakes look just like vines, which provides them with excellent camouflage when they are up in the trees. Even their tongues, which they use to smell prey like other snakes, are green.

Gray tree frog
The gray treefrog can change its color in seconds. It tends to become darker when it is cold or dark. Its coloring helps it blend in with tree bark!
Leaf-tailed Gecko looks like a leaf or a piece of bark on a tree.
Leaf-tailed Gecko looks like a leaf or a piece of bark on a tree makes it hard for predators like Owls, Rats and snakes to spot or find them. It’s called a master of disguise as it mimics a dead leaf. It’s found in is green, brown, black and tan.
Orange and black wolf spider
Orange and black wolf spider are nocturnal animals, their coloring is effective camouflage.
 World's most venomous fish
Stonefish are masters of camouflage and can blend in so perfectly with their surroundings. They almost always sit perfectly still, on the sea floor, in their preferred habitat of coral and rocky reefs, and their colors are often a perfect match for the substrate.
Sidewinder rattlesnakes,
Sidewinder rattlesnakes, or crotalus cerastes, are native to the arid desert regions of the southwestern United States. They are particularly adapted to move over sandy terrain, camouflage themselves both for hunting and defense, and travel underground through burrows.

 

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth can easily be confused with a tree branch, Tawny Frogmouths need woodlands with mature trees to nest and roost in, and to serve as a backdrop for their clever disguise.

Jealous…!!!! Imagine about us if we had this ability…

Have you ever noted a camouflage blended in with their environment? If yes, let’s know from your comments.

 

PS: All Photos are taken from internet, Picture courtesy unknown, I am very thankful for all your wonderful pictures . It really inspired me to write about Camouflage…

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