The instinct of self preservation is one of the strongest forces in nature. From the simplest life form to the top of the food chain, living organisms instinctively struggle to survive. Survival strategies run the gamut from active aggression to passive concealment. And as a peaceful type myself, I’ve always been most fascinated by creatures that have adapted to hide in plain sight with camouflage.
There are a number of ways to become invisible, but it’s all about blending in. If you’re a tasty bug surrounded by the lush, green Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, what could be safer than looking like just another leaf? This technique takes the concept of blending in to a whole new level, and if our sharp-eyed guide hadn’t pointed out this bug, I would’ve walked right by it.
The color coordination between this beautiful piece of North Dakota petrified wood and the moth is uncanny. Add a bit of debris to the mix, and the moth almost disappears.
This tiny Florida frog obviously knows exactly how to hoodwink predators. Find a fan leaf which is the right shade of green and hunker down. This truly is protective coloration in action.
Evolution is a marvelous thing. For every advantage given the hunter, nature balances the scale with a few sneaky assets for the hunted. And a bit of camouflage is a prime example.