Amateur Naturalist: Insect Camouflage

by Robert Dryja

While waiting for the flowers to return, train your eye to find insects next year.

Late summer can be a good time to look for insects. Insects grow larger during the summer and so may be seen more easily. However they have different kinds of camouflage to hide themselves. A praying mantis may grow to be up to six inches long, but how many people have seen such a large one? A praying mantis may be so well camouflaged that it can capture a hummingbird that is coming to a flower for nectar. A praying mantis selects plants that match its color rather than changing its color to match a plant.

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