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Seeing through Camouflage


Because of their coloring, many animals blend seamlessly into their environment, making it difficult for predators to see them. This strategy is called camouflage, and helps many animals avoid being eaten. There are four basic types of camouflage. See if you can tell them apart.
Katydid

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

leopard 1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

wasp 1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Polar bear

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Walking stick

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Coral and King snakes

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Treehopper

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Moth 1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Owl

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Mantid 1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry

Zebra

1.Concealing coloration
2.Disruptive coloration
3.Disguise
4.Mimicry



Photos: Coral and king snakes - Nathan Cohen/Visuals Unlimited; leopard, tiger, zebra, polar bear - National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute; snowy owl - Jessie Cohen/National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute; Leaf-mimicing katydid, wasp-mimicing katydid, tree crab mantid - James L. Castner; treehopper - Valorie Hodgeson/Visuals Unlimited; walking stick - Peter Tyson; spider mimicing moth - Kjell Sandved/Visuals Unlimited.



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