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11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

By: Bryan Nelson on July 31, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
It's easy to spot this northern walking stick insect when the background is all white.

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Blending in

In nature there are many ways to protect yourself from potential predators: armor, poison, noxious smell, size or speed, etc. But perhaps no form of protection is as cunning as camouflage. This is especially true among insects, whose body form has allowed for an impressive array of biological mimicry and deception. Some of these bugs might be indistinguishable from their surroundings, like the walking stick insect pictured here. Can you pick them out?