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11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

By: Bryan Nelson on July 31, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
The dead leaf mantis' camouflage helps to avoid predators and be a predator.

Photo: Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia Commons

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Dead leaf mantis

This preying mantis looks like it has been covered in dead leaves; in fact, some of those "leaves" are actually parts of its own body. The incredibly convincing camouflage helps hide them from predators, but it also helps them to be predators, too. A prey animal lurking in the leaf litter wouldn't know what hit it if it ran into one of these illusive hunters.