the best science on the web about
camouflage

Camouflage
Image: Fabio Liverari

Camouflage

Harry Potter has his invisibility cloak, but many predators, prey, and some plants are able to hide in plain sight. They blend into the background using adaptations of coloration, pattern, body shape, and behavior.

Both land and sea species can use camouflage. Some of the most amazing examples can be seen in checkerboarded flounder and leafy sea dragons.

BBC
Loading...
Beating the Heat with Camouflage Makeup

Beating the Heat with Camouflage Makeup

Can wearing makeup keep you cool? Well, if you're in the military, the answer may soon be yes. Chemists are working on a camouflage makeup that reflects heat...even from a bomb blast! More...

Article
Chemistry World
Can You Spot These Masters of Disguise Playing Hide-and-Seek?

Can You Spot These Masters of Disguise Playing Hide-and-Seek?

Put your powers of observation to the test with these challenging photos. Can you find the ultra-camouflaged animals hidden in them? More...

Images
The Telegraph
Walking with Beasts

Walking with Beasts

Can you put together ideal combinations of background and coloration to design successful predators and prey? The losing combos go hungry — or get eaten! More...

Game
ABC/BBC
How Do a Zebra’s Stripes Act as Camouflage?

How Do a Zebra’s Stripes Act as Camouflage?

When the predator that hunts you is color blind, black-and-white stripes can help you hide. See how this camouflage helps zebras fend off attacks from lions. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Kings of Camouflage: Meet the Cuttlefish

Kings of Camouflage: Meet the Cuttlefish

Called a “yummy hunk of protein swimming around in the ocean,” the cuttlefish relies on camo to stay alive. Discover how it performs those awesome, split-second color and pattern changes. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
Hidden Animal Games

Hidden Animal Games

There are no lions or tigers in this camouflaged animal game, but there are bears, snakes, turkeys — and a lot of other animals to find “hiding in plain sight.” Good luck! More...

Game
Sheppard Software
Invisible Tanks Could Be on Battlefield Within 5 Years

Invisible Tanks Could Be on Battlefield Within 5 Years

A tank painted in desert camo can’t hide in a leafy green environment. Soon, tanks disguised with e-camouflage can blend with the terrain they roll through. How does this work? More...

Article
The Telegraph
Leaf Insect Walking

Leaf Insect Walking

Shake your leaf booty: Watch a leaf insect walk the walk of a leaf blowing in the wind, part of its awesome camouflage. More...

Video
The Nature Blog
Phasmida: Stick Insects

Phasmida: Stick Insects

You won’t believe your eyes in this gallery of stick insects and their confounding camo. Point your cursor over each image for an ID. More...

Images
Alex Wild Photography
Shape-Shifting Cuttlefish Can Mimic Pictures

Shape-Shifting Cuttlefish Can Mimic Pictures

Cuttlefish change their color, pattern, and posture to look like algae and whatever is close by. They can mimic pictures too! Take a look. More...

Images
National Geographic
Soft Robots Go for Color, Camouflage

Soft Robots Go for Color, Camouflage

After examining starfish, squid, and octopuses, researchers are developing soft color-changing robots. Discover how they’re creating them and why they’ll be useful to humans. More...

Article
Harvard
The Relationship Between Camouflage and Habitat

The Relationship Between Camouflage and Habitat

There is a black variety of the species known as the gray squirrel. What color are the squirrels where you live? In this project, you can determine the relationship between color and habitat. More...

Activity
education.com
The Ultimate Animal Camouflage Quiz: Animal Facts

The Ultimate Animal Camouflage Quiz: Animal Facts

Think you know about animal coloration and camouflage? If so, take this quiz. Hint: Choose wisely. Once you pick an answer, you can’t change it. More...

Interactive
HowStuffWorks

Latest Comments

You Also Might Like

  1. competitive behavior

    competitive behavior

  2. ecosystems

    ecosystems

  3. mangroves

    mangroves

  4. food chains

    food chains

  5. keystone species

    keystone species