We can all agree that nature is pretty amazing, from Technicolor landscapes to microscopic beauty. Its wonders never cease to amaze us. Not only is nature beautiful, but its little tricks can be quite useful to its inhabitants. One wonderful gift from nature is camouflage, where animals blend in with their surroundings, either to hide from predators or to sneak up on prey. Like any adaptation, these animals’ colors and patterns evolved over generations, and, as landscapes change, will continue to evolve.
1.) The Walking Flower Mantis
This pink mantis is the same color as an orchid, which helps it be stealthy for unsuspecting prey.
2.) This bird isn’t super well-hidden up close (and it doesn’t look pleased to be spotted), but from farther away or above, it would be more difficult to spot.
3.) The Walking Leaf Insect
Its camouflage continues when it moves, too: when it walks, this bug wobbles back and forth to mimic the motion of a leaf blowing in the wind.
4.) The Lantern Fly
This little guy is hard to see, unless you startle it. Its wings open to reveal some mean-looking eye spots.
5.) The Walking Stick
The walking stick bug looks just like, well, a stick. They also move slowly to look like twigs swaying in the wind.
6.) The Giraffe
Art Wolfe, via My Modern Met
Not only does its color and pattern help it blend into the trees, but so does its overall shape.
7.) The Impala
David d’O, via My Modern Met
Sharing a color with much of the landscape, the impala can blend into wooded surroundings. If spotted, it’s also got some serious speed to help it get away from predators.
8.) The Lizard
Anish Krishnan, via My Modern Met
This lizard blends in by chilling on a tree trunk. Lizards can also hold their positions for quite some time.
9.) The Arctic Fox
Stealthy all year, the arctic fox sheds its white coat in spring and turns a deep brown to blend in with the snowless landscape. In winter, it grows white fur to blend in with the snow. This blending ability helps it sneak up on prey.
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