Thursday, June 1, 2017

Biology: Camouflage and Mimicry

Both are tools for survival. Camouflage hides the organisms to look like its surrounding.  In mimicry an organism copies (mimics) another. 
Photos by Dr AV Rotor

Iguana resembles color of rock and pond weeds. Avilon Zoo, Rizal

Jaguar fits perfectly with design of scanty vegetation in the Savannah, Avilon Zoo

Barn Owl stalks in the dark with only its keen eyes visible. Its eyes can mesmerize its prey. St Paul University QC Museum

Starfish mimics coral reef and sea grass, its body design resembles stones and shells.

The ant lion makes a hole in the sand where it spends its larval stage feeding on ants and other small insects that fall into the pit. CELL, Silang Cavite

Tukak ba-og inflates when in danger and resembles the rock where it wedges itself. Tagaytay City.

Nymphalid caterpillars resemble stems and leaves of their host plant. Lagro QC

Green Tree Frog assumes dual coloration to fit land and water habitats. UPLB Laguna

Giant African Snail can just simply appear as stone. Gourmet Farm, Silang Cavite

Leaf insect is dried leaf in all respects.

Green Tree Ant builds inconspicuous nest that does not dry up in the tree. Lagro QC

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