The Animal world is full of beauty and wonders. Many of them display most alluring side of their bodies but some of them restrict and conceal themselves into their surroundings. This way they not only protect themselves and their species from extinction from their predators but also this behaviour helps them in getting their prey come to their mouths without much effort. So, here is the list of 10 Animal Camouflage examples. You can also buy an interesting fact book about the camouflaging behaviour of animals on Amazon and one such book is Camouflage and Mimicry (Animal Weapons and Defenses).
I’ve put pictures of those animals camouflaging to their surroundings, let’s find out how many can you spot!
10 Animal Camouflage Examples
A family member of squids and octopuses, Cuttlefish are one of the best camouflaging animals on this list. They can acquire the surrounding patterns and colours in a few minutes and with so precision that the fish becomes hard to spot. With this behaviour it protects itself from the stingrays, sharks and other predators.
- Pygmy Seahorse
The seahorses are adorable creatures. In view of the fact that the seahorses (especially pygmy Sea-horse) are tiny sea creatures, they are the favourite food of fishes and other predators. So, to protect themselves they terrifically camouflage themselves with the host sea-fans, corals and sea-grasses.
- Dead Leaf Butterfly
The Dead Leaf Butterfly displays an amazing camouflage by mimicking the surrounding leaves. To protect itself from birds and other predators it had perfectly blended its under-wings like a dead leaf, with veins and precise brown color that matches with the surrounding dry leaves.
- Tulip Tree Beauty Moth
The moth got its name because of its extensive feeding of Tulip trees. Although the moth and its caterpillar also feeds on other adjoining plant species. The moth perfectly camouflages itself into the bark of the trees which provides it a protection against predators.
- Wolf Spider
The spider got its name because of its sharp and robust hunting skills just like wolves. The spider, unlike the other camouflaging animals which adopt the method to hide from the predators, blends with its surroundings so as to illude the prey. These spiders are found almost everywhere around the world.
- Thorn Bug
This insect has adapted and modified its body to camouflage with its host’s, so as to protect itself from its predators. The thorns protrude from the external of its body which are the exact copies of the actual thorns of the plants on which it feeds.
- Horned Rock dweller Dragonfly
The Dragonfly though flies over the pond areas but when it rests over rocks or tree trunks, it blends with its surroundings,absolutely disappearing from the sharp sights of the predators. The Horned Rock Dweller Dragonflies are a native of African subcontinent.
- Goldenrod Crab Spider
The yellow coloured, weird and alien looking crab spider is a native of American subcontinent. It is also known to excellently blend with its host flower to hide itself from its preys. Whenever any honey bee or wasp or any insect flies down on the flower, the crab spider captures it in an instant.
The lizard native to Asian sub-continent, flawlessly merge itself into the tree bark by displaying exactly same patterns and colours as of the background. The lizard gets both the benefits as of effortlessly preying on insects and at the same time hiding from its predators.
- Leafy Sea Dragon
A kin of Seahorse, the sea dragon is perfect at camouflaging itself with the surrounding sea grasses. The Leafy Sea-dragons are found in the South and West coasts of Australia. The Sea-dragon has numerous leaves like structures all over its body that gives an illusion of floating sea grasses. These structures help it remain safe from the eyes of predators.