Image: Doug Aghassi
Only green as far as the eye can see – did you notice the grasshopper?
We’ve portrayed insects before whose survival strategy is to scare predators by making scary eyes at them (moths and butterflies) or by warning their enemies of their poisonous qualities (beetles and bugs). Today, we’re focusing on insects that stay still and blend in so perfectly with their environment that predators simply overlook them. The following examples show that insects never cease to amaze.
Image: Adrian Pingstone
Can you spot the insect here?
The Dead Leave mantis is not one species of praying mantis but various ones that rely on mimicking dead leaves for survival.
A cicada, perfectly camouflaged on a pine tree.
In nature, sticking out is only good if one is a) poisonous or b) a predator. Even for the latter, blending in helps when hunting prey – just think of a lion being hidden in the tall grass of the savannah.