|A Western Australian crab spider, probably Diaea sp., on, appropriately, a spider orchid, |
Caladenia (or Arachnorchis) longicauda.
The characteristic powerful jagging two front pairs of legs are obvious here.
|Eriophora transmarina, family Areneidae, Gungahlin Hill Nature Reserve, Canberra.|
The pattern is surprisingly reminiscent of the Tawny Frogmouths, hiding against an identical background,
that featured in my last posting.
|Wolf Spider, family Lycosidae, White Dam Conservation Park, South Australia.|
The dark patches resembling shadows, and the grey legs and abdomen, break up the outline superbly.
|It worked for this one, which is munching on a small fly!|
Corang River, east of Canberra.
|This grasshopper, in stony country near Broken Hill, western New South Wales, would have made my point better,|
and been a lot safer, if it had stayed on the paler rocks, but you can see how well it would vanish there.
|This beauty, in a granite landscape in Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia,|
was doing a much more convincing job.
|As was this one north of Maroua, in the Sahel of Cameroon.|
It is also an excellent example of the importance of orientation.
|The camouflage of this beautifully mottled Hamadryas sp., above and below, |
works equally well on different backgrounds.
Cerro Blanco Reserve, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Like the Broken Hill grasshopper above, this lovely moth wasn't on the perfect background for its pattern, but we can imagine the effectiveness if it was on a licheny tree trunk as above.
|San Pedro area, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru.|
|Owl Butterfly, Caligo sp., family Nymphalidae, Sacha Lodge, Ecuadorian Amazon.|
Above and below.
|Caterpillar on Snow Gum twig, Namadgi National Park, near Canberra.|
|Huskisson, New South Wales south coast.|
See how perfectly the carapace pattern matches that of the sun of the sand grains!
|Ghost crab, Tempurong Beach, Sabah.|
This one was aware of me being too close and was moving, but flat against the sand it disappeared.