Ever since I got interested in nature, I have always had this feeling that there are creatures constantly watching me. Also the feeling that I have missed more than I have seen has also bothered me. And I have often wondered why I don’t get to see them.
The answer seems to be in the ability of organisms to blend in with their surroundings – in other words – camouflage! Over the years, I have come across creatures, predominantly small ones – both prey and predators, that have evolved some amazing camouflage.
In this photo feature, I bring you a dozen images from my collection representing insects, spiders and reptiles – all of which are very well camouflaged in their respective habitats. This is an attempt to showcase some of my observations of the these beautifully camouflaged beings! I know the nagging feeling that I have missed something is still there and will continue to bother me. Don’t blame me if you start feeling likewise after seeing the images below!
I would like to thank Shyamal for identifying some of the insects that are featured here.
Praying Mantis Gongylus sp., Kabini : Though I had seen individuals of this in Bangalore many years ago, seeing and photographing this was very exciting. It is interesting to see how all these creatures always seem to find the right substrate to blend in!