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11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

By: Bryan Nelson on July 31, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
Is it a leaf waiting to fall or a butterfly waiting to fly?

Photo: Hsu Hong Lin/Wikimedia Commons

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Dead leaf butterfly

The underside of this butterfly's wings are truly a remarkable work of evolutionary art; they look just like a dead leaf, with faded browns, blemish spots, even jagged edges. Meanwhile, the upperside of the insect's wings display bright colors more typical of butterflies. If they're looking for mates, they'll flash their colors, but if they want to hide from predators, they simply close their wings.