Sometimes appearance does matter – especially when it comes to surviving in the wild. While humans with our man-made clothing and gadgets would stick out like sore thumbs in nature, there are animals that rely on their outer appearance to evade threats and dangers. In this article, we will look at some of the most fascinating camouflage found in the animal kingdom.

#1 Baron Caterpillar
Before they mature into beautiful brown moths, the baron caterpillar is naturally outfitted with a seamless camouflage. Born with small spikes that extend from their body, these extensions grow in length and layer as the caterpillar ages. In fact, these spikes are shaped just like the veins of a leaf, and with the green coloring of the baron caterpillar’s body – they look almost invisible.

#2 Pygmy Seahorse
Characterized with a ruddy color and uneven bumps, the pygmy seahorse has the ability to blend perfectly in with sea coral. In fact, they are so hard to spot that the first of its species was not found until quite recent in 1969. Since then, only six more pygmy seahorses have been seen.

#3 Leafy Sea Dragon
Another marine animal makes it to this list – the Leafy Sea Dragon. As its name may suggest, this yellowish green creature looks exactly like a leaf, color, veins and all. Its body is paper thin, allowing it to blend in with seaweed and ocean plants. Although they are distance relatives of the sea horse, the two breed are quite different in appearance.

#4 Underwing Moths
With over two hundred subspecies of Underwing Moths, these insects have two sets of wings that help them escape attention. Their under wings are characterized by beautiful, vibrant colors that show only when they fly. However, their top set of wings are what help them camouflage in nature – most come in a blend of grey and brown that resembles tree bark. Studies has shown that these moths can even select trees that best matches their wings for extra protection.

#5 Octopus
Certainly the winner of hiding in style – the mimic octopus has the most impressive camouflage of all. Researchers have observed that this sea creature can simulate colors, shapes and even texture of its environment. The sight of one in action is truly incredible.

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