Protective Coloration And Insect Mimicry / 17 Camouflage Art Example


The protective coloration is an evolutionary ability of animals. Camouflage themselves in any situation or environment and can be the difference between eating or being eaten.

Warning coloration is the most used techniques by insects but not the only one, taking advantage adapting and developing incredible abilities imitating objects or animals in aspects and movements is a very powerful weapon in nature.
In the list below are the best mimicry examples in insects.

1-LadyBird Or LadyBug Mimic Spider - Paraplectana Tsushimensis


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This little ladybird mimic spider or ladybug mimic spider was discovered on a walk by photographer Nicky Bay at an old railway station in Singapore.

This false ladybug belongs to the genus Paraplectana and possibly camouflage gives the advantage to get closer to their prey.


2- Climaciella Brunnea - Wasp Mantidfly


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Climaciella Brunnea or mantis wasp that only steals that name since it has no relation with any wasp, belongs to the family of the mantispid species, has two front legs raptors resembling the mantis followed by its great chest similar to wasps in morphology and colors, managing to imitate the movement.


3-Stick Insect

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This popular insect ( phasmids genus) is large in size and its main defense weapon lives up to its name. To any threat imitates a dry branch or leaf with almost real resemblances.

With nocturnal habits, stick insect not usually move too much going completely unnoticed in their environment.


4-Fly With Ant-Mimic Wings - Goniurellia Tridens

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Discovered more than a century ago in the Arab Emirates The fly Goniurellia Tridens has the picture of an ant in each wing.

According to the biologists when they shake their wings confusing predators such spiders creating the illusion of two moving ants getting a valuable extra time to escape.


5-The Elephant Hawk-Mot

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Deilephila Elpenor is a caterpillar that can copy a snake in attack position by swelling its abdomen every time it is threatened by its main predator, the bats.

This is a very common species in the gardens of Europe and Asia and introduced in British Columbia, Canada.


6-Hummingbird Hawk-Moth - Macroglossum Stellatarum

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The hummingbird butterfly has the same flight and appearance as the small bird but does not even share the same continent which confuses the biologists quite a bit.

Its high caloric consumption, flowers like violets or tulips are preferred as the main food and they can fly backwards like the hummingbirds do.


7-Leaf Insect

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There is a wide variety of leaf insects almost imperceptible to the eye of anyone, mimicking perfectly with the vegetation that surrounds them.

With over 3000 species of the genus Neoptera, can be divided into stick insects, leaf insects and bark insects.


8-Spider Ant

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This spider posing as an ant goes a step beyond simple camouflage. To be inadvertent by its natural enemies, it creeps into the anthill imitating the antennae of the ants with their front legs moving naturally like an ant can be.

At night it is dedicated to hunting them from within and is even able to lay their own eggs.


9-The Panda Ant- Euspinolia Militaris

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This spider posing as an ant goes a step beyond simple camouflage. To be inadvertent by its natural enemies, it creeps into the anthill imitating the antennae of the ants with their front legs moving naturally like an ant can be.

At night it is dedicated to hunting them from within and is even able to lay their own eggs.


10-Orchid-Mantis

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This species of brightly colored mantis can be camouflaged in the small flowers of the orchids imitating to the shape of the petals and not only that, they can also change from pink to brown depending on their surroundings.

They live mainly in the rainforest of Malaysia and as every mantis has four legs with flower petal shapes and two front arms used to catch pollinating insects.


11-This Is An Ant Mimic Treehopper

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The Cyphonia Clavata is a flying insect that has the ability to mimic the aggressive ant Myrmicinae or in defense form.

This impressive evolutionary adaptation was made possible by creating a skeleton over his ant-shaped head allowing him to walk through the trees without fear of being attacked.


12-The Apple Maggot

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This fly slightly smaller size has a great camouflage, the pigmentation of its wings is similar to the legs of a spider that in danger signal rotates 90 degrees simulating extra legs.

Shaking and walking sideways is normal to confuse her with a spider.


13-The Oakleaf Butterflies - Kallima

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This oakleaf butterfly from southeastern Asia and beautiful and bright colors is usually mimicked by closing its wings with a simple dry leaf.

Although their preference for living in the rainforest and at an altitude of 100 - 800 meters high, their habitat extends to India, Malaysia, China and Taiwan.


14-Yellow-Legged Clearwing - Synanthedon Vespiformis

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Wasp-mothor butterfly-moth is the lepidopteran genus and its major evolutionary advance by camouflaging as a wasp, it turned their wings practically transparent losing all its scales and to adorn its body with yellow stripes incredible.

This Batesian mimicry is a success among animal species, which basically consists of better camouflaging and increasing the chances of obtaining food and survive.


15-Moth Mimic Spider - Siamusotima Aranea

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Siamusotima Aranea It is a harmless moth that pretends to be a spider. It was discovered in 2005 in Thailandand in its wings can be clearly seen the drawing of the eight orange spider legs that serves to avoid the attack of birds.


16-Owl Butterfly

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The Caligos popularly known as owl butterflies inhabit the central and south of the American continent.

His big eye-drawings on his wings (ocelli) is a strategy of crypsis or camouflage and can distract his main enemy: the lizards Anolis that confuses the ocelli with the head of the Hyla frog that they fear so much.


17-Leaf Mimic Spider

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The leaf spider is a new species of arachnid discovered in recent months by the arachnologist Matjaz Kuntner on a night outing to the tropical forest of Yunnan.

This particular spider is the first one that uses its silk to glue leaves and camouflage itself in the trees lurking their prey



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