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11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

By: Bryan Nelson on July 31, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
These bugs are thorns in the side of any predator.

Photo: Marshal Hedin/Wikimedia Commons

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Thorn bug

These deceptive insects, which are related to cicadas and leafhoppers, have developed enlarged and ornate pronotums, which resemble thorns on a branch. Not only does this aid in camouflaging them to look like a part of the plant they're resting on, but it also discourages predators of both the bugs and the plant from taking a bite from fear of getting pierced.