Across the animal kingdom we can see various forms of colourfully frightening eyespots that lurk at the end of animals’ backs, heads, tails and wings. These are very deceitful and intelligent evolutionary adaptations for defence, often tricking and shocking even the most ferocious of predators!
Those animals lower in the food chain, have many threats against them – flying, leaping, jaw-snapping predators on the hunt for them. Defence is the essential key to survival, and tricks or anatomic adaptations to deter and use against predators are both varied and fascinating. Eyespots are one of the most eccentric, yet intriguing methods of defence used – here are some of the most amazing!