You know by now that we think bugs are cool, right? (Just not in your house )
But…we also think some bugs might be a little cooler than others, like the ones with built-in camouflage!
These bugs are not only fascinating to look at—if you can actually see them— but masters at playing hide-and-seek!
There are several kinds of camouflaged critters like the dead leaf mantis, green leaf mantis, and the popular stick bug. Some are incredibly beautiful, like the orchid mantis.
Perhaps the award for the most “original” natural camouflage goes to the giant swallowtail and viceroy butterflies, whose caterpillars look like bird droppings! This allows them to sit “hidden in plain sight” on top of leaves during the day. Now that’s creative!
The technical name for the ability of these bugs to blend with their environment is called crypsis. There’s also olfactory crypsis. This is when insects use scent to hide themselves, like the death’s-head hawkmoth, which steals nectar from a beehive. The moth avoids attack from the bees by mimicking the scent of the bees—brilliant!
To see some of these amazing bugs, check out this slideshow of nature’s most innovative camouflaged insects.
And if you think you have some bugs “hiding” in your house, contact us today! They can’t hide from us, no matter how good their camouflage is!
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